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Social security still a raw deal for many -Garimella Subramaniam

A recent global report on social security could serve as a useful starting point to understand the appeal of populism across the world. The World Social Protection Report 2017-19 of the International Labour Organisation could also be viewed as a blueprint for action by political parties of the mainstream. A vast majority of people (4 billion) live without any safeguard against the normal contingencies of life, according to the study. Less than half

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Budget 2018: Trade unions urge govt to focus on employment generation

Sen told PTI. The TU leaders said though the government always claimed foreign investment would lead to the creation of jobs, there was no guarantee it would. Foreign investors would like to keep Labour costs to a minimum, they held. "So we think the attempt of the government even before the budget is to further attack those sectors which generate jobs. The decision for 100 per cent FDI in retail will again affect the job market," Kau

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NREGS job spike because of housing scheme: Government -Subodh Ghildiyal

MGNREGA notching lakhs of extra 'persondays' of work across Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. As the high demand for distress Labour across poor and rich states lends itself to comments about rural stagnation, the rural development ministry attributes it to work being done under the rural housing scheme. Secretary, rural development, Amarjeet Sinha, said 54 lakh houses were i

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The map of rural deprivation -Santosh Mehrotra

allocation for investment in infrastructure. It is vital for addressing rural distress. The Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) informed us that ‘landlessness and dependence on manual casual Labour for a livelihood are key deprivations facing rural families’, which make them far more vulnerable to impoverishment. Based on indicators The rural census, or SECC, mapped deprivation using seven indicators: ‘households with a kuch

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Rural indicators point to worsening farm distress -Sayantan Bera

in oilseed cultivation because of 0.7 million hectares lower sowing of mustard. Similarly, data on nominal rural wages, a bellwether for rural demand, is showing sluggish growth. According to the Labour bureau, in October 2017, nominal rural wages for ploughing (men) rose 6.6% year-on-year. At the same time, crop prices continue to be a point of concern for farmers. Worsening rural distress holds serious political implications. Not just beca

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Jobs Increase in 2017 - Just 0.5% -Subodh Varma

ountry nearly 4 years after Prime Minister Modi swept to power in 2014, promising at least 1 crore jobs to people reeling under years of jobless growth. About 24.6 million people were added to the Labour force (over 15 years age) in the year. Not all of them would seek work. In India, those who are available for work were about 44% of the total Labour force. This share is itself declining – it was

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India's jobless growth is not a myth -Mahesh Vyas

not have any reason to try and find solutions India’s jobless growth is a myth, stated R. Gopalan and M.C. Singhi in an opinion piece in Mint on 19 December. They used data published by the Labour Bureau from their employment-unemployment surveys between 2009-10 and 2015-16. These were the first and last surveys conducted by the Labour Bureau on the subject. The More »

Why farmers don't have electoral clout -Avik Saha and Yogendra Yadav

ocratic theory. If we go by this orthodoxy, farmers should have unmatched electoral clout in India. After all, they constitute a clear majority. Census tells us that farmers (including agriculture Labour) are about 54 per cent of our workforce. In the last parliamentary election, 542 million of the 834 million voters were rural voters—farmers and those dependent on agrarian economy. All available evidence indicates that they vote at least as

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Fix farm woes to power inclusive growth -Sanjoy Chakravorthy, S Chandrasekhar and Karthikeya Naraparaju

tional Sample Survey Organization’s Situation Assessment Survey of Farmers (2003) and Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households, 2013. Because agriculture employs close to half the Labour force in India, but generates the lowest per capita output (and hence is associated with the highest levels of poverty), it is clear that if there is to be inclusive growth in India, it has to begin in the agricultural sector. Growth matters

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Farmer-politics is a self-defeating exercise in today's India - Roshan Kishore

eneous lot. Most of them own small patches of land. A small minority still owns large tracts of it. Most of the big landowners do not work on their own fields. They either lease out land or get hired Labour to do the job. Are the interests of these two very different groups aligned with each other? Rural inequality was an important fault-line in the first few decades of India’s polity after independence. Communist parties used the promise of

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