Livelihoods of marginal mining and quarrying households in India

Md Zakaria Siddiqui, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

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    Presenting an exploratory approach by which quantitative data from the National Sample Survey can be analysed to throw light on the most marginal households whose primary occupation is recorded as mining and quarrying, this paper finds that a large portion of mining and quarrying is carried out informally by marginal households from disadvantaged social groups. The majority of them are concentrated in stone and marble quarries, living on the edge of poverty, earning irregular incomes, and with poor access to services and utilities. Considering the likely numbers involved and their vulnerability, the paper suggests that mining and quarrying households should receive better policy attention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-32
    Number of pages6
    JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
    Issue number26-27
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2015


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