The changing world of work and no-work

Type Journal Article
Title The changing world of work and no-work
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2003
Inadequate utilisation of available manpower is a perennial problem in India, with Open Unemployment being a major evil. Two other issues that have often been sidelined are Lack of Regular employment (Underemployment or Semi-Open Unemployment), and Lack of Adequate Returns from jobs (incidence of poverty among more or less regular workers or Non-Employment). The present paper explores both National and Regional aspects of these issues, their trends and patterns, and also their various correlates. Four NSSO Surveys (1983-84, 1987-88, 1993-94, 1999-2000) are considered. This enables us to consider movements during 1993-99 as Post-Reform trends. The results indicate increased casualisation and polarisation of workforce in the post-reforms era. These are also closely associated with socioeconomic inequality and decline in living standards. Policies like growth impetus, flexible technology, infrastructural expansion and public expenditure programme will go a long way in solving these problems.

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