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An urban job guarantee at Rs 200 per person per day would cost Rs 1.74 trillion, or 0.8% of India’s annual GDP(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

It’s time to refresh old ideas like universal job guarantee

By Swati Dhingra
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 06:39 PM IST
Self-targeting features of a universal job guarantee make it a long-term policy option to protect informal workers in urban India
The basic premise of a healthy rural to urban economic transformation is to transfer workers from low-skill and low-productivity professions to high-skill jobs. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for an urban employment guarantee scheme to ensure this.(REUTERS)
The basic premise of a healthy rural to urban economic transformation is to transfer workers from low-skill and low-productivity professions to high-skill jobs. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for an urban employment guarantee scheme to ensure this.(REUTERS)

Urban employment guarantee scheme signifies India’s failure to address inequality

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 09:58 AM IST
Half-baked countercyclical policies such as the promise of an urban employment guarantee are an apology for the larger failure to address the unequal distribution of fruits of economic growth.
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