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30 Jan 2024

Speaking at the launch, NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman—Suman Bery—heralded the report as a “valuable knowledge resource in understanding the potential of the sector.” Since the launch of the report, the government and other ministerial departments such as labour and skill development have ensured the report’s growing relevance in public discourse around policies for the platform economy. [...] The government has therefore adopted the claims and recommendations of the report as the de facto guiding document and evidence base for framing policies for the platform economy in India. [...] The report asserts that low barriers to entry, exibility, and choice are products of technological changes brought by the rise of the platform model, and have a democratising e ect on the spread and availability of jobs. [...] The worker is free from the control and direction of the platform while performing the work, both under the contract and in fact1; i. [...] Thus, how can the report assume that those in the gig economy have multiple jobs outside of it? The report has incorrectly understood the contextual realities of workers in the gig economy to assume that workers have options, while the reality of the economy shows us that such opportunities do not exist.
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