Covid-19 Crisis: An Indictment of India’s Informal Economy

Sulfath, Jenny and Sunilraj, Balu (2021) Covid-19 Crisis: An Indictment of India’s Informal Economy. Working Paper. Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

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This paper attempts to look at the ways informality is conceptualized in India and argues that the problems with the laws pertaining to informal labour are not simply an implementation issue, but the design of the labour laws itself exclude informal labour. While reviewing the history of labour laws in India and the social history of labour participation, the paper also examines the current change in the political approach to labour by changing the labour laws in the pretext of the pandemic. Focussing on the changes made in labour laws in Madhya Pradesh the paper argues that these changes would further informalise the workers intensifying the crisis.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Authors: Sulfath, Jenny and Sunilraj, Balu
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19 Crisis, India, Informal Economy
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > Research Centre > Centre for Sustainable Employment
Full Text Status: Public
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