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Dear HR, I take this opportunity to represent the woman workforce of my nation. To say it statistically, I am taking this space to voice the concern of the 25% women who participate in the country's l...
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India missed the industrial revolution that creates employment for millions of low- and medium-skill workers. Instead, it moved on to become one of the emerging leaders in the service/knowledge economy where only a few with good education and high skills prosper. This reflects in India's enormous income equality gap, which is larger than all the advanced economies.
Until this day my Mother rues being unable to fulfill her dream of working in a bank. She excelled in shorthand, both Kannada and English. After my birth, she, unlike millions of other mothers, faced two choices -- work or resign. She chose to quit work to take care of me. So when we bought a sewing machine, it became her natural ally and a means to live her unfulfilled dream of working, even if not in an office.
In order to strengthen the national skilling mission the government needs to focus on two specific areas: (a) increasing the role of states, since they have a deeper understanding of local needs and can therefore design and launch impactful programs and (b) ensuring gender inclusion that can capitalise on the entire Indian population.