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The Challenge of Employment in India: An Informal Economy Perspective, 2 Vols

Arjun K. Sengupta

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ISBN 10: 8171887775 / ISBN 13: 9788171887774
Published by Academic Foundation, 2009
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This is the final report of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, which was set up by the Government of India on 20th September 2004 under the chairmanship of Dr. Arjun K. Sengupta to "review the status of unorganized/informal sector in India including the nature of enterprises, their size, spread and scope, and magnitude of employment." This was the first step taken towards fulfilling the commitment of the new UPA government to ensure "the welfare and well-being of all workers, particularly those in the unorganised sector, who constitute more than 93% of our workforce" (likely to be around 502 million by 2012 as the Commission estimates). During the four and a half year of its existence, the Commission examined in detail all the literature and statistical evidence that exists on this sector, held numerous consultations with different stakeholders, such as government officials and policy makers at the Centre and in the States, trade unions and associations of workers representatives, civil society organisations, academics and experts. This final report on `The Challenge of Employment in India: An Informal Economy Perspective` is now presented as an overarching report based on all the earlier work of the Commission, to provide a perspective and strategy for expanding employment in India. The report takes an aggregative perspective of what the Commission calls the central problem of the challenge of employment namely, deficit in its quantity and quality. The comprehensive report also examines the issue of labour market reforms in India. The most important conclusion that follows from the findings of the Commission is that all efforts to improve the quantity and quality of employment in the unorganised sector would require a new approach to economic planning in India. The report offers numerous suggestions and concrete recommendations towards attaining the objective of `maximizing employment` and ensuring inclusive growth. CONTENTS IN DETAIL : Preface Acknowledgements Volume I - Main Report 1. Introduction Wide ranging consultations Past Reports This Report Organisation of Chapters 2. Expanding employment in the Indian economy Introduction Formal Sector Employment Formal and Informal Employment in the Formal Sector: Commission?s estimates What explains lack of growth in Formal Sector employment? Growth and Employment Some Implications of the Growth Pattern for Incomes The Informal Workers The Approach of NCEUS Commission?s Approach in this Report Concluding Note 3. Employment & Unemployment in India : Alternative Measures & their Meaning Introduction Measures of Employment/Unemployment : Sensitivity to Concepts & Definitions Used Labour Force Measures Used in Recent Plans Requirements of a Good Measure Modified Current Weekly Status (MCWS) Advantages of the MCWS Approach in Labour Force Measurement Measures of Employment & Unemployment Measures of Non-utilization of Labour Time The Measurement Used in this Report Policy Implications 4. Labour Supply & Demand : Introduction Population Growth & Composition Trends in Size & Composition of Labour Force Overall Size, Growth & Composition Rural-Urban Distribution 44 Labour Force Participation Rates (LFPR) 45 Labour Force Participation Rates by Social Groups 45 Age-Specific Labour Force Participation 47 Age Specific LFPR in Rural & Urban Areas 48 Low Educated: A Huge Underbelly 49 State-level Scenario in LFPR 52 Sate-wise Composition of Labour Force 53 State-wise Labour Force Participation Rates by Social Groups 54 State-wise Labour Force by Education 54 State-wise Rural/Urban Difference in Labour Force 56 Trends in Size & Composition of Work Force 57 Printed Pages: 572. Bookseller Inventory # 43964

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Title: The Challenge of Employment in India: An ...

Publisher: Academic Foundation

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Softcover

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Based on all the earlier work of the National Commission for Enterprises, this overarching report provides a perspective and strategy for expanding employment in India. Set up by the government of India, the goal of the commission was to review the status of unorganized sector in India, including the nature of enterprises, their size, spread and scope, and magnitude of employment. The report takes an aggregative perspective of what the commission calls the central problem of the challenge of employment, namely, deficit in its quantity and quality. With an examination of the issue of labor market reforms in India, the report offers numerous suggestions and concrete recommendations towards attaining the objective of maximizing employment and ensuring inclusive growth.

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Arjun K. Sengupta is the chairman of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector.

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