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India is a country rich in culture and heritage. It's full of festivities, varied landscapes and beautiful people. The Indian festivals have been an integral part of our lives from time immemorial when they were celebrated for various reasons, such as celebrating the harvest season or honouring one's ancestors. And now, with India becoming a growing market for SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises), these celebrations are giving them opportunities to create jobs and earn more revenue too.
Festivals are boon to SMEs
It is observed during major festivals like Diwali, Navratri, Eid, etc, there is a significant rise in demand for various products like idols, decorations, jewellery items, home artefacts, among other items, which leads to increased production by SME players. Traditional women's garments are now being replaced with high-end fashion wear at the time of festivals. Artists are being employed by these players to design them according to the changing trend.
Diwali, which is one of the most popular Indian festivals celebrated during October or November every year, provides employment to about 4 million people who work in the industry. Apart from this, there are jobs like making lotus lamps that require intricate handwork skills which can be done by only trained artisans.
Diwali, celebrated during October or November every year, provides employment to about 4 million people who work in the industry. | Photo by Udayaditya Barua on Unsplash
Likewise, many families buy new clothes for their children on religious occasions like Eid-ul-Fitr or Diwali, which will require tailoring services from small businesses that would otherwise be unemployed at this time of year due to lack of demand for their services.
"Make in India" Initiative
On the other hand, SME players involved in the printing sector are also accepting jobs to print banners, hoardings and other promotional materials for various events. Furthermore, to help SMEs grow, the Indian government introduced the "Make in India" program -- an initiative aimed at promoting entrepreneurship through easier regulation compliance for new businesses, a reduction in red tape, and better tax benefits.
This has helped boost employment opportunities for young Indians as more entrepreneurs are willing to take up riskier ventures without fear of being penalized. Moreover, leading e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart have started various initiatives to support local businesses and karigars (craftsmen) during festivals, urging customers to buy local.
The Indian government introduced the "Make in India" program -- an initiative aimed at promoting entrepreneurship through easier regulation compliance for new businesses, a reduction in red tape, and better tax benefits. | Flickr
Businesses in India, particularly small businesses, have faced significant obstacles in the year 2020 due to the unprecedented outbreak of Covid-19. Small businesses are critical to our society's economic and social fabric, and we all play a part in their survival. So, this festive season, let us all support them and nurture them by making a choice of buying local goods and items. Go vocal for local.
(Article originally written by: Kaveri Sachdev) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: SMEs, India, Diwali, Eid, Make In India, Modi, employment
Umm-al-Qaiwain is a small town in the United Arab Emirates, the eighth most populous, but in fact no less interesting than other cities in the United Arab Emirates. The central part of the city lies in the depth of the promenade, which runs along the entire peninsula. Here are administrative buildings, banks, companies of different industries. A stable political situation, a prosperous economy, a calm, orderly, quiet life, combined with a flexible labour market, attract a variety of foreign professionals from all walks of life to Umm-al-Qaiwain.
Work in Umm-al-Qaiwain
Employment in and residence in Umm-al-Qaiwain over a long period of time require a certain amount of training for foreigners. For example, the city has a very hot climate with little precipitation during the year, and in summer the air temperature reaches 45-50 degrees Celsius in the shade. But the local authorities took care of it - most hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, offices and public transport are fully air-conditioned, so in most cases you will not suffer from heat. In fact, working in Umm-al-Qaiwain is so much more peaceful than in the big cities. This small town is devoid of all the disadvantages of the huge mega-cities, and life here flows quietly, safely and slowly.
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Contrary to popular belief, oil is not the mainstay of the economies of all UAE and Umm-al-Qaiwain cities, among others. Therefore, the profession of a specialist in oil production here is not considered popular, at least not among foreign workers exactly. Today, Umm-al-Qaiwain is developing successfully through tourism, construction, aviation, financial and banking services, real estate and commerce. Despite their small size, the salaries here are not much different from those offered to those who work in Dubai or other big and popular UAE cities. The hotel and restaurant business and the entire service industry are also well developed in this city. It is in these areas that jobs in UAQ for foreigners should be sought, as they do not require any special skills other than a mandatory knowledge of English, work experience (not necessarily) and education (where necessary).
Umm-al-Qaiwain is a small town in the United Arab Emirates, the eighth most populous, but in fact no less interesting than other cities in the United Arab Emirates.Unsplash
How can you find job in Umm-al-Qaiwain
The work of the service personnel, which, unlike work in the countries of the post-Soviet area or in Europe, generates a great deal of money. If you have no work experience, don't be upset. On the Layboard.in website, you can choose exactly the work you need and want to work on. This site offers a wide variety of vacancies in Umm-al-Qaiwain, the newest and most profitable. And if you have any questions or problems, you can always contact a consultant who will help you with the selection of work and will advise you on all necessary questions.
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Life in Umm-al-Qaiwain
Despite its small size, Umm-al-Qaiwain is a good enough town to live and work here. And if you don't like big and noisy mega-cities - this town is ideal for you, and you can live and work in a comfortable environment for you, get a high salary and enjoy life in Umm-al-Qaiwain. Do not miss this great opportunity to get to know a new country, to get to know its culture and people better, and also different people from all over the world.
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In a bid to help women from families that have lost their breadwinners to Covid-19 in the recent surge in India, the IC3 Institute, a U.S. non-profit, will enable them with training and employment opportunities. These women will be trained as career counsellors and connected with full-time employment opportunities within IC3's global network of high schools, says the Institute.
"The battle against Covid-19 is far from over as communities grapple with the socio-economic aftermath of the diseases such as hunger, poverty, and unemployment. One such challenge is the loss of the breadwinner in many families. The recent mortality analysis of Covid-19 deaths indicates a higher number of male deaths than females. This results in the possibility of the death of a male member of the family, who in the case of traditional Indian families, is often the breadwinner. Women have lost their husbands, daughters have lost their fathers and parents have lost their sons- perhaps the sole earner of the family. We came across countless stories of such women and their unimaginable suffering because of the pandemic in India. After losing loved ones, they now stand at the brink of imminent poverty, a cycle it will take them a couple of generations to come out of.
"The roles and responsibilities of many of the women from these families have changed overnight. With no breadwinner in the family, these women need to find employment and provide for their families or else the family will be pushed into poverty. Interim relief measures provided by the government and community organizations can provide temporary comfort but is nowhere close to being a sustainable and long-term solution. Without any employable skill/training or a livelihood opportunity, how will these women provide for their families in the long run," the Institute told IANSlife.
According to Ganesh Kohli, Founder, IC3 Movement and Chair, Board of Trustees, IC3 Institute, through the initiative, women from distressed families will be provided financial aid and welfare, training and education to become career counsellors, upskilling to prepare them to join the modern workforce, and socio-emotional counselling and life skills training, and will be linked to schools in their region to ensure sustainable employment opportunities.
"As the second wave raged through the country, naturally, the focus for most funders and SPOs (Social Purpose Organizations) was directed towards providing relief. But, dialogues and a changing narrative on how to provide sustenance and ensure sustainable livelihood to the affected families must begin," he says.
"The training will be provided in a blended learning format, with a mixture of online and in-person learning. The cost of their travel, accommodation and food for the week of in-person training will be covered by the IC3 Institute. As the training proceeds, we will connect them to schools in their region to ensure sustainable employment opportunities," says Kohli.
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The IC3 Institute is currently raising funds to mobilize this initiative. The goal is to enable and empower 500 such women from underserved backgrounds that have lost their family earners to Covid-19.
"We plan to achieve this number over 2 years. We have already identified 50 such women with the help of our Advocacy Partner Covid Widows (#RiseAgain). We are starting the training program from September 2021 with the first batch of 150 women. Parallelly, we are also speaking to school stakeholders to create and offer full-time employment opportunities in their schools for these women," says the non-profit. (IANS/AD)
Close to 40 percent of workers worldwide think their job could disappear in five years, six in 10 are worried that machines would take over their jobs, and by 2025 humans and machines are predicted to spend equal amounts of time at work, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Based on a survey of 32,000 workers conducted by consulting giant PwC in 19 countries, Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying on Thursday that half of the respondents were optimistic about their future. The survey also highlighted that 60 percent of the respondents were worried about the effects of automation and 56 percent thought that fewer people would obtain long-term employment in the future.
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This prompted 61 percent of the people surveyed, most of them young, to agree that governments should protect jobs. The survey also found that 40 percent of workers used the Covid-19 lockdown last year to hone their digital skills and that 77 percent were ready to learn new skills or to retrain. Furthermore, 80 percent were confident in their ability to adapt to new technologies.
According to a previous WEF report, 85 million jobs loss may be at risk of disappearance due to the growing reliance on machines and artificial intelligence (AI), but 97 million new jobs might emerge in such a scenario. (IANS/SP)