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COVID-19: Examining the Impact of Lockdown in India after One Year

One year after its announcement in March 2020, the consequences of India’s strict COVID-19 lockdown measures and ineffective policy responses continue to be felt, be it in terms of livelihood loss and economic downturn or increased marginalisation of vulnerable sections of society.

The Pitfalls of Quota for Locals

The employment quota for locals is politically repugnant and also vexing for the economy.

Labour, Livelihoods, and Employment in the 2021–22 Union Budget

Coming in the midst of the immense damage inflicted on the Indian economy by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021–22 Union Budget needed to perform the unenviable task of compensating households for massive livelihood losses as well as stimulating economic growth while maintaining some fiscal discipline. As it turned out, the government chose to focus on the second and third goals and largely ignored the first.

Is Periodic Labour Force Survey, 2017–18 Comparable with Employment–Unemployment Survey, 2011–12?

Towards improving the existing system of collecting data on socio-economic parameters, the National Sample Survey Office introduced the Periodic Labour Force Survey in 2017–18 by replacing its previous quinquennial rounds on the employment–unemployment situation. There has been a significant restructuring of the previously existing questionnaire, survey methodology, and inquiry schedule. The advantages of the new PLFS data are listed, and inputs for further improvements are provided.

Rising Unemployment in India

The rise in the unemployment rate in the recent years along with its convergence across states could be an indicator of a positive change in the economy. Its association with educational attainments and urbanisation is testimony to the brighter side of the development story of India. Further, this rise, against the backdrop of the falling share of the informal sector employment, may suggest that the labour market participants can now afford to remain unemployed instead of getting residually absorbed in petty activities. However, this must not undermine the larger issue of employment creation, which has been a matter of great concern since long.

The Unemployment Paradox: Looking at Growth Without Jobs

This reading list explores the contradictory narratives that have been built around the issue of unemployment.

Fake Employment Scams: The Cost of an Education System Structured Around Placements

In the light of increasing instances of fake appointment letters, deferred job-offers and revoked job-offers, the article discusses the issues of unmatched expectations of campus placements. It highlights the social and financial costs of such offers on the student and students’ family against the backdrop of increasing student educational loans. The article deliberates on the role of technical and professional educational institutes, employers and government in addressing the issue and mitigating its effects.

Absolute Decline in Employment from 2013 to 2016: In Numbers and Graphs

Employment growth in India slowed down drastically during the period 2012 to 2016, after a marginal improvement between March 2010 and March 2012, according to the latest available employment data collected by the Labour Bureau.

The Time of Youth

Drawing on long-term multisite ethnographic fieldwork in Allahabad and Meerut, this article examines how educated unemployed young men, from different socio-economic backgrounds, struggle for employment and engage with politics and religion in the age of neo-liberalism.

Economic Growth and Social Security

Social and Economic Security in India, edited by S Mahendra Dev, Piush Antony, V Gayathri and R P Mamgain; Institute for Human Development, 2001; pp 523, Rs 750 (HB)

High Explosive Hysteria

How do American warriors end up killing and alienating so many of the people they have ostensibly come to save? Do the answers lie in the high-tech dependence and in the psycho-social profile of the US soldier?

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