Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Employment : Measuring vs Creating



The “ Task Force on Improving Employment Data “ ( headed by Shri Arvind Panagariya ) , is ready with its recommendations , which are :


·         Scrap the following current methods of collecting such data :


     #   NSSO Employment and Unemployment Survey

     #   Annual Labour Force Survey

     #   Population Census

     #   Economic Census

     #   Annual Survey of Industries

     #   Quarterly Employment Survey


          Read : 






     #   Micro Small and Medium Enterprises ( MSME ) Census


     #   Sources such as EPFO / ESIC and NPS



·         Replace the above with a more robust household and enterprise survey


·         In the proposed Survey, cover following categories of workers :

#  All workers covered under EPFO, ESIC or any other social sector schemes


#  Government and other Public Sector Employees


#  Workers having coverage under private insurance or pension schemes or provident funds


#   Workers subject to tax deduction at source on their incomes should henceforth be considered as formal workers


[ Read : 

From  BAD  to  MAD ( 01  June  2016 )




·         Make the GSTN number as the Universal Enterprise and Establishment Number , based on which the Annual Enterprise Survey could be carried out

Availability of a Universal Goods and Service Tax Identification Number for businesses and list of borrowers from Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank ( MUDRA Bank ) can help provide sample for the Enterprise Survey


GSTN number to be extended to all commercial and non-commercial entities wishing to register


{ Read my suggestion :


An  Aadhar for Corporate ? [ 12  May  2016  }






·         Creating a Central Server from which all Government Data can be accessed


  [  Read :  E – Governance ? ( 03  April  2014 )





·         Annual Survey of enterprises excluded from GST , including enterprises in Health and Education




Although this reform may provide in future , a more accurate MEASUREMENT of UN-EMPLOYMENT

 , the larger question that remains unanswered is of EMPLOYMENT :


WHO will create , HOW MANY jobs , and WHEN , and HOW , and WHERE ? “


This question assumes significance , given the following figures :


·         During FY 13-15 , when 25.9 Million degree-holders passed out from universities , only 1 MILLION jobs were created


·         From FY 11 to FY 15 , job growth in Private Sector has been at 3 % per annum


·         2 out of 3 jobs in India’s INFORMAL SECTOR ( excluding agriculture and construction ) , are in businesses engaged in TRADE or providing SERVICES



My own views on EMPLOYMENT GENERATION , are covered by some 162 blogs ( each sent as E mail to Central Policy Makers , over the past 4 years )


Just type “ Employment “ in “ Search this Blog “ at :


www.hemenparekh.in / blogs


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09  July  2017





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