Apropos of the edit “Robooting IT” (FE, July 6) While automation spells efficiency and cost-cutting for businesses, it also portends a bleak dehumanised mechanical age we are heading for, which if not pro-actively handled, would result in the erosion of the much-vaunted demographic dividend and exacerbation of the unemployment problem. Redundancy of workers from automation and loss(or lack) of skill formation due to long bench-sitting in the IT industry is a grave threat to the employees. While the former is supposedly being addressed by re-retraining, what about the latter, with a longer history, which no company is willing to tackle? Denmark has got a “Flexicurity” (Flexibilty + Security) system which enables workers suffering lost competitiveness to receive retraining and a salary that begins at what they had been earning and gradually declines over time, which not only provides security during the retraining period but also serves as a motivation to find a new job. Thanks to such kind of measures, Denmark has got very low unemployment. India has to emulate this system. Now that labour unions have been allowed to operate in the IT industry in some states, they have to play a constructive role in redressing the said issues, shedding the old revolutionary baggage of agitations which hurts productivity and competitiveness.
CV Krishna Manoj, Hyderabad
The cabinet has been reshuffled and should augur improved performance and delivery. A reshuffle was much needed after two years especially in the human resource development ministry. The new HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar, is expected to bring with him the expertise to ease components into place. Similar is the tale with parliamentary affairs. Heavy use of abrasives have already given rise to avoidable burrs in the meshing gears, as the likes of the GST drive, that are yet to be set in motion. Political engines are designed and built to great longevity. They are expected to deliver continuous and effective power, even through shift-change. If they don’t, the remedy lies in placing the right men on the job. The current reshuffle will hopefully result in a smooth and noiseless ticking over of the government engine.
R Narayanan, Ghaziabad