Social sector

Two steps backward

Print edition : June 12, 2015

In a country in which more than 96 per cent of the workers are anyway on informal contracts or are self-employed, and where wage costs are estimated to account for less than 4 per cent of the total costs in manufacturing, it should be absurd to see labour laws as a constraint on economic growth. Here, in a plywood factory near Kochi. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Tribal people are off to work under the rural employment guarantee programme in Khammam district, Telangana. Photo: g.n. rao

In Karimnagar, Telangana, ICDS employees explaining to local women the nutritional value of different foods. A file picture. Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

The Modi government’s deep cuts in funds for social programmes relating to rural job generation, education, health and nutrition among other crucial sectors are matched by its trenchant approach to workers who face a dilution of labour laws that will leave them vulnerable to arbitrary action as never before.
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