Migrant Informal Workers: A Study of Delhi and Satellite Towns
Ram Singh Bora
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India.
DOI: 10.4236/me.2014.55053   PDF   HTML   XML   4,880 Downloads   6,934 Views   Citations


In India, the activities of the secondary and tertiary sectors are concentrated mostly in large towns and cities, and attract internal migration. Workers’ participation has led to spectacular growth in the economy during the past two decades. By analysing data collected from slum households in three states, i.e. the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, and in two towns of the National Capital Region (NCR) of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh states in India, this paper seeks to assess if this growth has improved workers’ employment conditions. The finding reveals that the workers are employed in low-productivity jobs with low incomes and wages; they work without job safety, medical health and social security provisions. All these deteriorate both living and working conditions of the workers. In spite of their working and living in one of the most developed parts of the country they live economically marginalized and neglected life.

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Bora, R. (2014) Migrant Informal Workers: A Study of Delhi and Satellite Towns. Modern Economy, 5, 562-579. doi: 10.4236/me.2014.55053.

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