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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Excerpts from the Report of the National Commission on Labour

Ministry of Labour, Government of India, 2002

Women and Children

The Terms of Reference of our Commission ask us, inter alia, to give attention to the need for “improving the effectiveness of measures relating to social security, occupational health and safety, minimum wages and linkages of wages with productivity and in particular the safeguards and facilities required for women and handicapped persons in employment.”

9.36 Women workers and the unorganized sector: As has been stated earlier, women constitute a large percentage of the workforce in the unorganised sector. Data from the 55th Round of NSS (1999–2000) show that in the non-agricultural sector, Own Account Enterprises (OAEs) ...

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