Education, employability and employment: Understanding the intersection

By Arjun Kumar, Ritika Gupta As India progresses into the 21st Century, aiming to become a global powerhouse, one of its significant impediments is the triple challenge of Education, Employability, and Employment. There are substantial gaps between our education system and employment demands in the private and public sectors. COVID -19 has aggravated this gap … Continue reading Education, employability and employment: Understanding the intersection

Urban employment guarantee and increased cash transfers to poor: Remedy for emergencies

By Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Dr Arjun Kumar, Sunidhi Agarwal, Nikhil Jacob The exodus of migrant workers to their home states due to loss of livelihood in the wake of the Covid-19 induced lockdown was unprecedented. It brought unimaginable hardship to these city makers who thrived on the low paid and unstable jobs provided by their … Continue reading Urban employment guarantee and increased cash transfers to poor: Remedy for emergencies

Lives versus livelihoods? The tea and the pandemic: Invisibilising the workers

By Sanghamitra Acharaya* In the ‘war’ against Covid-19 a lot has been said, about the ‘frontline’ workers. But there are other invisible service providers who need to be discussed. Besides the most invisibilised sanitation workers, the other are tea garden workers. In the hierarchy of access to services and resources, both sanitation workers and the … Continue reading Lives versus livelihoods? The tea and the pandemic: Invisibilising the workers

Enabling productive agriculture for Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Growing challenges

By Prof. Balwant Singh Mehta, Prof. Utpal K. De and Dr. Arjun Kumar* Indian agricultural sector contributors significantly to the country’s economy and meets major portion of domestic and global demand for agricultural products. Though the contribution to GDP has come down from 56.5 per cent in 1950-51 to 34 per cent in 1990-91 and … Continue reading Enabling productive agriculture for Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Growing challenges

Stylized pattern of structural change and economic development in India: 1950-2020

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta, Dr Arjun Kumar* The process of economic development has been historically linked with the general pattern of structural changes of the national economies in the globalized world. It occurs with changes in structures of broad economic sectors (agriculture, manufacturing and services) in terms of share of output and employment. The … Continue reading Stylized pattern of structural change and economic development in India: 1950-2020

National Employment Policy: Creating Atmanirbhar Bharat amidst Covid-19

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta and Dr. Arjun Kumar* In the past, most policy documents pertaining to conceive a National Employment Policy (NEP), by and large, have been suggestive in nature. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive NEP based on responsive real-time data analysis integrating sectors that will help emerge sectoral employment policies … Continue reading National Employment Policy: Creating Atmanirbhar Bharat amidst Covid-19

Affordable housing proves life-changing for the urban poor, but poses unexpected risks for women

By Paula Meth* South Africa is known around the world for its significant housing programme, and India has made substantial efforts to develop its cities. Providing free or affordable housing brings obvious benefits to residents who have lived in desperately poor conditions with no water, electricity or sanitation, in precarious informal structures. But research in … Continue reading Affordable housing proves life-changing for the urban poor, but poses unexpected risks for women