Decoding the Informal Sector for Targeted Policy Initiatives

Source: CSTEP, based on primary interviews and secondary research.

It may be interesting to note that the group facing ‘extreme vulnerability’ is not the only ‘extremely poor’ section. Though it’s difficult to ascertain an exact share, there is a considerable portion of the sector which is not ‘extremely poor’, but faces ‘extreme vulnerability’.

In crises like these, data is the linchpin that can aid in making informed decisions for targeted aid and support. Kerala became a noteworthy example during the pandemic for carrying out a micro-level data collection drive on migrant workers in the State for sending support.

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