The female employment rate in India has been reduced to 25.8% during the year 2015-16, according to survey conducted by Labour and Employment Ministry.
As per the survey, the estimated female worker population, aged 15 years and above, during the year 2012-13 was 25%. It increased to 29.6% in 2013-14, but fell down to 25.8% in 2015-16. State/UT-wise details are given below.
The information was provided by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on July 30th, 2018.
Estimates of employment and unemployment are obtained through Labour force surveys conducted by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. In addition, Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment conducts Employment-Unemployment Surveys annually.
The Minister said that the “Government has taken various steps for increasing employment including female employment like encouraging private sector of economy, fast tracking various projects involving substantial investment and increasing public expenditure on schemes like Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) run by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) schemes run by Ministry of Rural Development and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) run by Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.”
He added that “Under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), a special rebate of 0.25% is extended to women borrowers. Almost 75% loans (9.02 crore out of total 12.27 crore sanctioned loan as on 31st March, 2018) given under the MUDRA scheme, have been given to women entrepreneurs.”
Further, he said that the “Ministry of Labour and Employment has targeted the issue by taking various steps to increase female labour participation rate which includes the enactment of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 which provides for enhancement in paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks and provisions for mandatory crèche facility in the establishments having 50 or more employees; issue of an advisory to the States under the Factories Act, 1948 for permitting women workers in the night shifts with adequate safety measures. The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 provides for payment of equal remuneration to men and women workers for same work or work of similar nature without any discrimination. Further, under the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the wages fixed by the appropriate Government are equally applicable to both male and female workers and the Act does not discriminate on the basis of gender.”
STATE/UT-WISE WORKER POPULATION RATIO FOR FEMALE AGED 15 YEARS & ABOVE
|Sl. No.||Name of State/UT/ All India||2012-13||2013-14||2015-16|
|11||Jammu & Kashmir||12.3||16.4||7.9|
|31||A & N Islands||18.5||32.5||25.1|
|33||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||16.5||10.3||16.1|
|34||Daman & Diu||8.3||1.9||15.2|