Depending on when the expats are asked to leave the country, Kerala’s remittances economy could see a shrinkage of up to $4 billion — about 25 percent of its total inward remittances
With huge reverse migration, the support structures and relevant programmes may be specifically designed so that the rural landscape generates hundreds of micro and small enterprises
As many as 69.5 percent of salaried workers in non-agricultural enterprises have no written contracts; 53.8 percent have no paid leave
While political systems, level of State capacity and trajectory of development may vary, cities in China and India have retained many common threads of socio-spatial exclusion of migrant workers
Along with efforts to create a national-level database of workers in the unorganised sector, their economic and social well being in the near future must be protected
The images of migrants on roads across India should perhaps help us re-evaluate the often romanticised images of the massive movement of workers annually in China
There is a threat that the pandemic can reinforce the regional inequalities with possibilities of scarring society forever, if not handled in a just manner.
If India had the same female labour participation rates as most other countries, the unemployment rate would be far higher
Increasing take home salary by lowering employees’ mandatory contribution to PF is like enjoying today and leaving little for the rainy days
India’s jobs challenge will not be resolved in a year. Yet, by unclogging the compliance pipeline, the budget can make a significant difference, changing the way India works and meeting its aspirations.
The divergence can only be bridged by getting underemployed workers out of stagnant agriculture and into the higher productivity formal sector
The BJP has been voted back to power at a time when the overall economic growth is slowing with no visible sign of a cyclical recovery.
Consumption is expected to remain the driver of growth this fiscal year
A balance between efficiency, productivity and equity will be critical for sustaining economic growth.
Whichever government comes to power must fast-track reforms to spur growth