The construction industry in India is worth $140 billion, which employs around 7.5 million workers, making it the second largest employer after agriculture. Post demonetistation,the mechanics of the industry have changed significantly.
“Notebandi ruined it for us and now with GST the situation has only worsened”, said Roop Kishore, 39 year old construction worker, Delhi, who is not able to find the job and is going through a financial crisis.
Its been hard for Roop Kishore to survive. Before demonetisation, he was able to send 500 to 1000 rupees back to his home but now he hasn’t been able to send any money back to his family.
The workers are unhappy with the BJP government. Vinod Kumar, 40 year old contruction worker points out , “Why should we support Modi, he has crushed the workers to death.” He latter adds “Modi hasn’t fulfiled any of his promises regarding employment, we workers live in desolation without any financial support to aid our family.”
Recently, Modi government has modified labour laws to encourage industries to hire labours at contractual basis. The step has been taken in direction of job creation, which is a major political challenge to the BJP before 2019 General assembly elections.
According to a report by the International labor organization(ILO), general joblessness rate in India is around 3.5%. It is considerably higher for the 15-24 age gathering or those accepted to be first-time specialists. The unemployment rate for this age group is expected to be 10.7% in 2019, up from 10% in 2014.
It doesn’t effect only to employers and wage holder, but in recent history we have accounted a lot of construction workers death because of no proper safety measures were taken to prevent their death.
Using data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, the researchers found fatality reports for 768 construction industry fatalities and created a searchable database, the Construction FACE Database, of those reports.
After analyzing the incidents in the new database, researchers conclu
ded that, between 1982 and 2015