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3 in 4 Indian women don't work. Can Skill India, job guarantee change this?

Female labour force participation rate in India has fallen from 36% in 2005-06 to 24% in 2015-16, as per Economic Survey 2017-18

Lavanya Garg & Snigdha Shahi | IndiaSpend 

It’s 6.30 p.m. A woman whom we shall call Nirmala brings out a plate and a blunt knife from her kitchen. It is time for the experiment.

Nirmala divides some uncooked rice, Mysore pak (a sugary sweet, considered a luxury in regional households) and an apple among her family of five. When asked what order she would serve these items in, she says she would serve her husband first, then her son, then grandson, then herself, and finally, her daughter-in-law. The portions follow the same order–the largest is reserved for the husband and the smallest for the ...

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 06:43 IST
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