Research Foundation (ERF) and
Development Economics Associates (IDEAs)
are organising a seminar during the India Social Forum
2006 on 'Generating
Decent Work in a Liberalised Framework: Policy Options
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Exhibition Grounds, Hall No.
11th November, 2006
12.30 pm to 3.30 pm
C. P. Chandrasekhar
Jeemol Unni, Jean Dreze, Ritu Dewan, Smita Gupta, Jayati
We request all of you to participate enthusiastically
and exchange your ideas for better understanding of
the issues facing India today in terms of employment
generation which is both sustainable and inclusive.
People from all backgrounds including students, ground
level practitioners, policy makers, academics and people
with general interest are welcome to join.
With the advent of neo-liberal economic policies since
mid-seventies the world economy has experienced a slowing
down in the growth rate of output. Economists have attributed
this phenomenon, inter-alia, primarily to the ascendancy
of finance capital and the withdrawal of State. However
in the contemporary epoch China and India seem to stand
as exceptions to this trend. On the other hand in India
the growth rate of organised employment has been slowing
down and there are pressures from different quarters
for greater flexibilities in the labour market. In the
present conjuncture, the Indian economy is faced with
the challenge of generating not only overall employment,
but decent employment in terms of ensuring a sustainable
level of income, decent working conditions, minimum
wages, stipulated time of work, protection of worker's
right at the place of work among others. Economists
have increasingly consented that creating jobs with
income security can be a major way of fighting poverty.
This seminar will seek to answer some of these questions
with policy implications and identify whether such objectives
are in fundamental contradiction with the operation
of a liberalised capitalist economy.