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Rise of self employed in non-agriculture is a huge opportunity

Rajesh Shukla

Self-employed agriculture as a job option is losing ground rapidly even among the poorest Indian households. Only 16 percent of households depend on their income from such jobs whereas 55 percent are employed as labour. The rise of self-employed in non-agriculture activities like shop owners, and self-employed professionals (lawyers, CAs, doctors, etc.) is growing particularly among the middle-class and Rich income groups. This presents a huge opportunity for public policymakers to initiate adequate schemes for skilling and development through appropriate vocational training and innovative programs for providing enhanced education. This would also lead to an increased rate of job creation. Salaried employment is the main source of income for 59 percent and 42 percent of Rich and Middle-Class groups.