An activist has filed a petition in a Bihar court against Union minister Santosh Gangwar for “insulting” the people of north India by saying that recruiters complain of lack of “quality people” in the region which is the reason for rising unemployment.

Social activist Tamanna Hashmi filed the petition on Monday before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Surya Kant Tiwari. In the petition, Hashmi has accused the minister of state for labour and employment of “insulting” the people of north India by the statement.

The social activist has filed the petition under sections 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), 195 (fabricating false evidence), 295 (insult the religion of any class) and 405 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.It is likely to be taken up for hearing on September 25.

Union Minister Santosh Gangwar stirred major controversy on Sunday when he blamed the North Indian youth for failing to secure jobs as he dismissed criticism about the current employment situation in the country.

The Minister said that there was no shortage of jobs but the companies wishing to recruit say that the youths here were ineligible.

The Minister of Independent charge for Ministry of Labour and Employment said that there was a lot of employment available. Apart from the employment offices, his Ministry has also been monitoring the situation.

Gangwar, who made the controversial remark at his Lok Sabha constituency Bareilly on Sunday, later clarified he was only stressing on the lack of requisite skills among the youth. And to adress it, the government has set up the Skill Development Ministry, he added.