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Labour and Employment in Gujarat

This response to the criticism by Dholakia and Sapre (6 August 2011) of our article "Labour and Employment under Globalisation: The Case of Gujarat" (28 May, 2011) argues that the ultimate goal of Gujarat's growth should not be the growth of the state domestic product but people's well-being. Gujarat does need to take a fresh look at the growth model that it is following.

the primary sector contributed 14.8% to the state SDP, but housed 54.4% of the workforce. As against this, the non-primary sectors contributed 85.2% to SDP but gave employment only to 45.6% workforce. To put it differently, 1% of SDP in the primary sector supported 3.67% of the workforce, while 1% of SDP in the non- primary sectors supported only 0.53% of the workforce! This indicates the wide gap between incomes in the primary and nonprimary sectors.

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