Legal Issues/Acts and Provisions Related to Informal Sector in India: A Case Study of Construction Workers of Karnataka
Undoubtedly, construction workers have both fueled and fed off the country’s development. India’s economic growth, in fact, is a success story because of unbridled distress migration by the country’s poor. The dichotomy as to the development agenda of the present Indian politics and the plight of building and other construction workers in India appears as a stark inequity in the national agenda. The Decent Work Agenda of the ILO assumes importance in this context, since the jobs are categorized as coming under 3 D’s—dirty, dangerous and degrading. Why the building workers health and safety is to be protected is a question that can be answered through the perspective of the increased and enhanced labour productivity issues. The discourses on decent work and the inevitable need for social cohesion and governance in the Indian scenario ought to be looked upon from the lens of the informal sector. To what extent law guarantees social security benefits to the informal sector comprising of construction workers in Karnataka is a matter to be delved upon. The author of this paper is an academician in Labour Laws and Human Rights at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India and is the Expert Committee Member for the Karnataka State Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board. The paper outlines the status of building and other construction workers in the specific context of Karnataka, the legal promises, the problems and the prospects related to the issue.
KeywordsInformal sector Migration Decent work Construction workers ILO conventions
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