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Sharmila Kantha
Sharmila Kantha is an industrial policy specialist with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Member, Advisory Board, ‘Economy & Industry’. Associated with Indian industry for over ten years, she has worked extensively on economic policy issues. Her most recent book on Indian business is ‘The Big Leap: How Indian Companies Leveraged Reforms for Success’.

Articles By Sharmila Kantha
Draft social security code: Will it help informal workers?
Posted On: 21 Sep 2017

Topics:   Jobs

Labour law reform is considered as a key requirement for creation of new jobs as well as greater formalisation of existing jobs in India. In March this year, the Ministry of Labour and Employment brought out the draft social security code to amalgamate several Central labour laws and extend employment security to all workers. In this article, Sharmila Kantha discusses the positive features and practical aspects of the legislation.
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Is the structure of Indian manufacturing geared towards job creation?
Posted On: 05 Dec 2016

Topics:   Jobs

Government of India has envisaged adding 100 million jobs in manufacturing by 2022. This column finds that the structure of the country’s manufacturing sector is misaligned with the objective of job creation. Subsectors that have low potential to generate jobs dominate the manufacturing profile. To generate jobs, more employment-intensive subsectors should be promoted.
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What does China’s ‘new normal’ mean for India?
Posted On: 17 Jun 2016

China’s new normal – a growth rate of at least 6.5% - has been set as a target in its 13th Five Year Plan. In this article, Sharmila Kantha, Principal Consultant, Confederation of Indian Industry, contends that the potential implications of the Chinese deceleration for the Indian economy need to be analysed in detail.
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Mega-trading blocs: Where does India stand?
Posted On: 07 Nov 2014

Topics:   Trade
Tags:   WTO

Emerging multilateral trading agreements, resulting in mega-trading blocs, seem to be replacing global negotiations through the WTO. In this article, Sharmila Kantha assesses the potential impact of these trading agreements on India, and contends that Indian policymakers and businesses would need to factor them into their future plans.
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