Cornered by a room full of journalists chomping at the bit, Amitabh Kant was forced to get creative earlier this year. The gathered reporters wanted answers about an allegedly suppressed jobs data report, which showed India’s unemployment was at a 4-decade high. Kant, the chief executive of government think tank NITI Aayog, fell back on the gig economy. Cab aggregators Ola and Uber alone, he pointed out, have created over two million jobs since 2014.
Kant may have been grasping at straws, especially given the fleeting nature of the jobs he was highlighting, but he did make one salient point to justify it.