Job creation India's biggest challenge: Singapore dy PM
India needs to undertake labour reforms on an urgent basis to create employment opportunities so that the country's huge workforce does not turn into a demographic crisis, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Saturday.
"India's biggest challenge is jobs. It is a real challenge going forward because India has lost a lot of time, it has lost a lot of time because you have legislation, employment legislation which is anti-employment," he said at the Delhi Economics Conclave here. He said the window of opportunity for the labour intensive activities is going to narrow over the years and if India does not make major and urgent changes in the next few years then the country will have a real problem.
The shortage of skilled manpower needs concerted action from policymakers or else "the demographic dividend will become demographic crisis in the years to come", Shanmugaratnam said.
A balance has to be built while incentivising capital investment and investing in skill creation. "The link between skills and jobs is stricter. India has taken several steps in skill but the link with jobs has been weak," he said.