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Issues and Prospects of Women Street Merchants’: A Study in Davanagere District of Karnataka

H, Gopi (2021): Issues and Prospects of Women Street Merchants’: A Study in Davanagere District of Karnataka. Published in: The Indian Economic Journal , Vol. 01, No. Special Issue, January 2022 (10 January 2022): pp. 208-215.

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Predominance of informal employment has been one of the central features of the labor market scenario in India. While the sector contributes around half of the GDP of the county, its dominance in the employment front is such that more than 90% of the total workforce has been engaged in the informal economy. As per survey carried out by the National Sample Survey Organization in the year 2011-12, the total employment in both organized and unorganized sector in the country was of the order of 47 crores. Out of this, about 8 crores were in the organized sector and the balance of 39 crore in the unorganized sector. The workers in the unorganized sector constitute more than 90 percent of the total employment in the country. Women unorganized force has virtually shared the total labor force across the nation. Likewise, Karnataka is also has been running most of the women entrepreneurs in an unorganized sector. Davanagere is one of the emerging districts in Karnataka state which has major commercial places, due to lack of finance, advances, technical issues and exploitation from the dominance hands many of the women entrepreneurs do not ready to involve under organized sector. Nowadays, especially the street vendors appearing more than organized shop labor force. They do survival their businesses in an unorganized sector with many issues. Therefore, the study aims to analyze the problems and prospects of women street vendors’ of Davanagere district. The analysis considered both primary and secondary sources and with a systematic presentation which is going to analyzed by required statistical tools followed by the interpretation.

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