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<p>Ranabir Chakraborty, CHRO and Chief Sustainability Officer - India, and Global Head, Talent Management, Fortum India</p>
Ranabir Chakraborty, CHRO and Chief Sustainability Officer – India, and Global Head, Talent Management, Fortum India

She is now 23. Astha Arora, India’s youngest celebrity of this century, the billionth baby, is working as a nurse in a private hospital in Delhi. Her dream to be a doctor was never fulfilled as her family could not afford her education and nursing was the best option. “There is already too much competition for everything, too many people fighting for the same places in schools and colleges and for the same jobs,” said Aastha in a BBC interview in 2022.

Around 8 million young people a year join the already half a billion others in the workforce. The International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates only around 24% of these work in waged and salaried work. If we talk of regular waged work in organized sector that offer jobs with closest resemblance to decent work, this percentage dwindles to 6%! Quality of jobs along with its availability for the increasingly educated Indian youth thus seems to be the challenge. India is and will remain undoubtedly the fastest growing economy but the job growth, particularly that of organized, regular waged work – may not be commensurate.

The country, therefore, urgently needs a sustainable solution to this ‘problem of plenty’ to maintain its social harmony.

The State has shown the way towards solution. Whereas the war in Europe as well as the fall from grace of the…


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