Will Tamil Nadu's economy collapse without North Indian labour?

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Will Tamil Nadu's economy collapse without North Indian labour?

Post by Rashmun on Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:15 am

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is home to more than a million migrant workers, a government-commissioned survey has found.

The just-concluded survey conducted by a private consultant on behalf of the state labour department shows that a majority of the 10.67 lakh migrant workers in the state are unskilled workers. About 27% are employed in the manufacturing sector, 14% in textile industries and 11.41% in the construction sector. The numbers may be under-reported, say social workers, but the data will help them get healthcare and other benefits.

Experts say relatively better wages and employment opportunities in TN draw workers from West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam. Bernard D'Sami, a faculty member of Loyola Institute of Social Science Training and Research attributes the demographic change to special economic zones.

"Migration has been so much that Hindi and Bengali have become languages of communication in urban areas. Workers from West Bengal have proved their skill in laying granite floors, while those from northeastern states are sought after for security and hospitality services," he said.




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