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Quality gigs, a solution to urban unemployment -Vineet John Samuel

-The Hindu With no urban equivalent to the NREGA as yet, there must be a focus on supporting new forms of employment With the Indian economy gradually finding its feet after a historic contraction of negative 23.9% in the April-June quarter, economic commentators have busied themselves with debating the need for fiscal expansion and the viability of a “V-shaped recovery”. These debates, however, have shifted focus away from the employment question, considered...

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2020 – How the Modi Govt Led India into Record Joblessness -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in Unemployment has inched up to over 9% as the year ends and the so-called economic recovery is a mirage. For Indians, 2020 will go down in history as the worst year for livelihoods and incomes. Unemployment levels rose to record highs, incomes plummeted to record lows and such was the scale of deprivation that thousands of families teetered on the brink of starvation. Tragically, this was not just the pandemic. It...

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The need for ‘maximum government’ -Rohit Azad

-The Hindu The current crisis has provided us with an opportunity to rethink our health, economic and climate policies In the new set of relief measures announced by the Finance Minister, job creation has moved to the forefront. This shows that the government has finally accepted that the Unemployment Rates are very high, a fact it has so far been suppressing or dismissing. This is a welcome change given its usual ostrich-like...

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Bihar Elections: Why Jobs Have Become the Key Issue -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in Double digit jobless rate, crashing women’s employment and absolute fall in number of employed have left people in th state devastated – and furious. Unemployment, it is often said, is death by a thousand cuts. It pushes families into hunger, snatches away children’s education, prevents medical care, and propels people into debt. And, if you are already poor and disadvantaged and living on the edge, unemployment is like a death sentence. A...

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Maharashtra: Sudden micro lockdowns led to labour losses, spike in unemployment, says report -Sandeep A Ashar

-The Indian Express In a presentation made to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and senior ministers in a meeting on Monday, the state finance department claimed that the Unemployment Rate had climbed from 3.9 per cent in July to 6.2 per cent in August. Mumbai: A spike in Maharashtra’s Unemployment Rate in August is threatening the revival of the Covid-hit economy, a government report has said. In a presentation made to Chief Minister Uddhav...

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