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The article makes it clear that in a country like India, the lower rung of the society imposes restrictions on women and they find it difficult to venture out for self employment. I feel that vocational trainings in such scenarios should also address the concerns of women. An example is to provide conveyance to the trainees up to the training centres. For those families where there is no one to look after the kids, small caretaker institutes may be established where children can also be educated, allowing their mothers to attend the training programs. Another important issue to be addressed is to check whether the training is being utilized for intended purpose. As the article shows, the dropout rate is an issue of concern. So instead of just training, why not provide employment to the trainees. Small scale industries may be established with the help of government to promote self dependance among the economically disadvantaged. Such industries may in in form of jute bag manufacturing, paper envelop and paper mache industry, spice packaging etc.

Aditya Sharma , India 15/07/2013 13:36:08

I read this article with interest. I was reminded in particular of my interactions with young women in the Singur area of West Bengal where the Tata factory was supposed to have come up. Many of these youngsters had found ways of training themselves as tailors. The proximate reason was that the Tata Factory would have generated a demand for uniforms for its staff members. The women had anticipated this but taken into account the externalities the Tata demand for tailors would generate. A small township was expected to grow up in that region, where Tata workers as well as indirect employees of the factory would be residing. Interestingly enough, the women felt that the direct and indirect employment provided by the Tata venture would provide them an attractive livelihood as tailors. The loss of anticipated income suffered by these women on account of the withdrawal of the Tata enterprise adds support to the sort of work the authors have reported. This is very good work in my opinion and has important policy implications.

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