AP reports fall in child labour, increase in women employment

Written by Economy Bureau | Hyderabad, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 06:44am hrs
Andhra Pradesh has reported a considerable fall in the child labour and has increased women employment, according to the Economic Censes - 2005.

The State has reported 48.8% fall in the child labour as per the Economic Census - 2005 report, the fifth edition, women employment has increased by 85%. The report was released here on Friday by Saroja Rama Rao, director, directorate of economic and statistics.

In absolute numbers, the child labour has reduced to 2.62 lakh from 5.12 lakh in the previous report in 1998.

Interestingly, though there is a fall of child labour in all the social groups except the Schedule Castes, which have shown a slight increase of 25.5% and 7.11% in males and females respectively.

Similarly, the women employment has increased to 35 lakh from 19 lakh in the previous censes in 1998. The reason behind this quantum jump is due to large number of women self help groups in the state, she said.

Explaining the results, Saroja said that the unorganized sectors have contributed 10% to 12% growth, accounting to 4% of the GSDP and in absolute terms Rs 9170 crore in the advanced estimates of 2006-07.

State statistical department has carried out the economic census as part of the country wide campaign. The data will be used in the state planning and district planning in the future days. The primary data, was collected from the unorganized sectors by using 52,000 enumerators, was divided into agriculture institutions and non-agriculture institutions, she said.

As per the inference, there are about 40 lakh entrepreneurs in the unorganized sector as on 2005, as against 29 lakh entrepreneurs in 1998 census. While these unorganized sectors could able to provide employment to 75 lakh people in 1998 and 112 lakh people in 2005 census, registering about 39% growth.