CHAPTER 4

Integrating Traditional Family-based Skills and Vocations—Case of Handloom Weavers

In India, the bulk of production activity takes place in the unorganized sector. It is this sector that is likely to absorb increasingly large proportions of the labor force to which the benefits of skill development and the consequent augmentation of productivity should increasingly be extended. At a time when skill development has become a buzzword in the country, we must focus on appropriate skilling for the 86 percent of the working population in the unorganized sector. In a globalizing economy, the Indian workforce, particularly those engaged in the informal sector, will have to contend increasingly with internal and external competition from products ...

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