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A push for labour-intensive manufacturing

Given the widespread loss of jobs and incomes, there is an immediate need to accelerate the pace of job creation

manufacturing  | unemployment

Radhicka Kapoor 

Radhicka Kapoor

The outbreak of Covid-19 and the containment policies adopted to address it have presented an unparalleled shock to labour markets, and levels of have surged in India as a result. Estimates from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) suggest that 122 million jobs were lost in April 2020. The large scale loss of jobs is unsurprising given that much of India’s workforce is engaged in work arrangements that do not offer security of tenure and continuity of income. Also, many of them are in jobs that do not give them the luxury of working from home. Even amongst regular wage salaried workers, who account for 24 per cent of total employment, 69.5 per cent had no written job contracts with their employer with respect to the duration of employment (2018-19).This makes them just as vulnerable as casual workers to the dual shock of the pandemic and lockdown.



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First Published: Mon, June 29 2020. 23:12 IST