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An idea whose time has come? Why minimum wages to over 15 million gig workers in India may make sense

India has seen a big surge in the number of gig jobs over the past few years, and this trend is only expected to strengthen in a fast-growing economy. But gig workers have been denied minimum wages under the law, unlike regular staffers. The time may have come for a policy rethink and give them the basic rights, in line with the global trend.
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It’s almost inevitable. A fast-growing India would throw open abundant gig jobs. And gig workers — contractors, temps, and the self employed — will bolster the country’s economy, much like in global superpowers such as China and the US. The trend can be spotted in India. The number of gig-economy workers has swelled from 8.5 million in 2016 to
consumption. Such economic posers notwithstanding, with the expanding gig workforce, it is imperative to start thinking about this class. India needs to guarantee their basic rights, and the time may have come to devise a policy which gives them assured pay for their share of work. It will be a lifeline for many. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
It’s almost inevitable. A fast-growing India would throw open abundant gig jobs. And gig workers — contractors, temps, and the self employed — will bolster the country’s economy, much like in global superpowers such as China and the US. The trend can be spotted in India. The number of gig-economy workers has swelled from 8.5 million in 2016 to consumption. Such economic posers notwithstanding, with the expanding gig workforce, it is imperative to start thinking about this class. India needs to guarantee their basic rights, and the time may have come to devise a policy which gives them assured pay for their share of work. It will be a lifeline for many. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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