Monday, March 19, 2012


IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



Government of India

National Statistical Commission


Report of the Committee on


[full-text, 94 pages]



Indian economy has preponderance of informal and unorganised sector both in terms of number

of workers and enterprises. This segment of economy has inbuilt vulnerabilities, and the study of

unorganised sector based on reliable data is important for informed decision making and

addressing the problems faced. The National Statistical Commission constituted a Committee on

Unorganised Sector Statistics to identify major data gaps relating to unorganized enterprises and

unorganized workers and to suggest ways and means for developing statistical data base on

unorganized sector with standardized concepts, definitions, coverage and comparability over time

and space.



Chapter 1 Importance of Unorganized Sector Statistics 1-3

Chapter 2 Framework of Statistical System for Unorganised Sector 4-8

Chapter 3 Unorganized Sector Statistics - Current Status 9-24

Chapter 4 Economic Contribution of Unorganised Sector 25-34

Chapter 5 Credit and Institutional Linkages 35-46

Chapter 6 The Challenge of Ensuring the Quality and Credibility of Statistical Base 47-61

Chapter 7 Recommendations 62-68

Appendix - 1 Constitution of Professional Committee and subcommittees 69-72

Appendix - 2 Resolution Concerning Statistics of Employment in the Informal Sector, adopted by the Fifteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians (January 1993) 73-76

Appendix - 3 Guidelines Concerning a Statistical Definition of Informal Employment, endorsed by the Seventeenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians (November-December 2003) 77-80

Appendix - 4 Some Concepts Used in Employment and Unemployment Survey of NSSO 81-82

Appendix - 5 Items of Information of NSS 66th round (2009-10)

Schedule 10 that can be used to identify workers in informal sector and informal employment 83

Appendix - 6 Introduction to BSR System 84-87




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