Female labor force ratio in Goa is only 24.9%: government

March 16, 2022 | 06:06 IST

Female labor force ratio in Goa is only 24.9%: government

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Although Goa is a progressive state, the ratio of working women to men is only 24.9%, which is far below the national average of 28.7%, according to the latest data from the Indian government. . Data on the employment and unemployment scenario in the country is collected through the Periodic Labor Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Ministry of Statistics and program implementation (MOSPI). According to the latest available PLFS report for the year 2019-2020, the estimated labor force ratio (WPR) based on usual status for persons aged 15 and over, for both males and females, was of 73.0% and 28.7% respectively. Goa had a ratio of 24.9%. In fact, some of the less economically developed states like Jharkhand (35.2%) and Chattisgarh (52.1%) and even union territories like Dadra & Nagar Haveli (52.3) along with Daman & Diu (34 ,8) are far ahead of Goa. The comfort for the state however is that some of the largest states like the National Capital (14.5%), Punjab (21.8%), Uttar Pradesh (17.2%) and West Bengal (23 .1%) are even worse than Goa. The worst performing state in this respect is Bihar with only 9.4% representation while the best is Himachal Pradesh / 63.1However, this does not mean that the state should not strive for encourage more women to work. While sharing this information in the Lok Sabha on Monday by the Minister of State, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Rameswar Teli said, “The government has taken various measures to improve the participation of women in the labor force. work and the quality of their employment. A number of protective provisions have been incorporated into labor law for equal opportunities and a pleasant working environment for female workers. These include improving paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, introducing compulsory child care in establishments with 50 or more employees, allowing night workers with adequate security measures , etc included in the Wages Code, 2019 provides that there shall be no discrimination in any establishment or unit thereof between employees on the grounds of sex in respect of wages by the same employer, for the same work or a work of a similar nature done by any employee. Further, no employer shall discriminate on the basis of sex when recruiting an employee for the same work or work of a similar nature under the terms of employment, except where the employment of women in such work is prohibited or restricted by or under any law. “To improve the employability of female workers, the government provides them with training through a network of industrial training institutes for women, national vocational training institutes and regional vocational training institutes,” the minister said.

Michael A. Bynum