India’s ‘decency quotient’ of informal jobs under ILOs scanner

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New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2016 7:17:56 AM

ILO director general Gus Ryder says the right way to tackle the informal issue is to formalise it

worker-reu-LAfter a decade of jobless growth, employment creation has been one of the priority areas for the current dispensation. (Reuters)

International Labour Organisation on Thursday raised “strong questions” on the decency quotient of the informal jobs in India even as the global think-tank on labour praised the Narendra Modi government’s job creation initiatives like ‘Make in India’.

“There are strong question marks whether many of these jobs in the informal economy reach the threshold of decency (in India). I think in many cases they do not. So, it is the quality of the job, formalisation and examining these issue of casualisation, contractulisation. It is extending a good social protection to all section of the population,” ILO director general Gus Ryder said here in the presence of labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya.

“I think we support policies emanating from strong economic growth. So, Make in India is great, Start-up India is great, Skill India is great. That makes formal Indian part of the story. That makes social protection part of the story,” he said.

To a question on whether India was going through the right path for creation of job, he said, “I do want to condition that answer that nobody should have any illusions. There are major obstacles and challenges down the road. Full employment is an objective shared by all countries in the world. But we need to look into the quality of work. We have specified in the ILO that we are seeking decent quality.”

After a decade of jobless growth, employment creation has been one of the priority areas for the current dispensation. The government has been working on a comprehensive strategy to bring employment to the core of its development strategy. It is promoting industrial activity through ‘Make in India’, enhancing employability through ‘Skill India’ and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship through ‘Start-up India’.

Stating that the right way to tackle the informal issue was to formalise it, he said formalisation of the job and economy has been taking place throughout the world and the sentiment that informal economy was unregulated is also changing.

Ryder also said women are generally under-represented across the labour market globally.

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