Labour Force in Informal Economy

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Gurnam Virk and D.P. Singh
2015, 194pp
Hardbound, 9788193033319
Rs. 995

Majority of the workforce in India are in the informal sector. This sector has a myriad of less visible and even invisible workers such as the agriculture workers, construction workers, house based workers, barbers, cobblers, rag pickers, vendors, head-loaders, cart pullers, rickshaw pullers, and cart drivers living at the survivalist end of the spectrum. They have very fragile incomes, poor working and living conditions and, by and large, remain excluded by the law and all sorts of social protection mechanisms.

This volume is based on a study on the workers in informal sector with special reference to rickshaw pullers. These rickshaw pullers, though, play an essential role by providing cheap and flexible transport services to the urban poor, however, continue to remain ignored in most policy-making frameworks. Most of them are among the poorest of the poor and have an unregulated work environment marked by hazardous working and living conditions and daily harassment.

Besides providing conceptual framework on Informal Sector, this book presents various aspects like the migration, socio economic profile, health, welfare, and work environment of the rickshaw pullers who, by and large, remain on the margins of the process of development. As these workers are socially and economically vulnerable and deprived due to lack of education, skills and awareness, the book has brought out ways and means via which their quality of life can be improved. The book, thus, suggests various social work intervention strategies and recommendations for their overall development. This book will prove very useful for researchers, students and educators in field of Informal Economy, Social Policy, and Social Work practice.

Dr Gurnam Singh Virk is Assistant Professor in Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.
Dr D. P. Singh is Professor and Head of Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.

1. Informal Economy: Conceptual Framework
• Introduction
• Historical Perspective
• Varying Schools of Thought
• Informal Economy: Indian Scenario
• Informal Economy: Legislations and Initiatives

2. Major Occupational Groups
• Introduction
• Various Occupational Group
• Segment of Workers

3. Informal Economy: Voices from the Field
• Introduction
• Studies on Informal Sector
• Studies on Rickshaw Pullers

4. Rickshaw Pulling: Punjab Scenario
• Introduction
• Informal Sector in Patiala City
• The Punjab Rickshaws (Regulation of License) Act, 1976
• Rickshaw Pullers in Punjab: Some Impediments

5. Rickshaw Pullers: Migration and Socio-Economic Background
• Introduction
• Migration Aspects
• Socio-Economic Background

6. Rickshaw Pullers: Family Life and Health
• Introduction
• Family Life Aspects
• Health Aspects

7. Rickshaw Pullers: Work Environment, Social Security and Welfare
• Introduction
• Work Environment
• Living Aspects
• Social Security and Welfare Provisions

8. Mandate for Improvement: In Light of Facts
• Introduction
• Research Findings
• Social Work Intervention
• Recommendations

Annexure – I
Annexure – II