The Indian economy is characterised by the huge majority of informal workers either in unorganized sector or in organized sector and a minority of organized workers. The present paper is survey based report on the conditions of workers in unorganized as well as organized sector in the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University. The study also focusses on the rapid increase in the casualisation of workers in organized sector which has led to decline in the overall working and living conditions of the workers in the organized sector. In order to present the result in a systematic manner, I am dividing our analysis into four broad categories namely demography, employment history and earnings, health facilities and, working and living conditions of the workers. Contrary to the widely held view that organized sector workers are better off than the unorganized sector workers the study reveals a surprising result indicating a better off situation of the workers working in unorganized sector. The probable reason for this which I came across during the study is the rapid increase in the number of casual workers in the organized sector. The emergence of unorganized workers in organized sector was prevalent before the adoption of the New Economic Policy of 1991. But its intensity increased after the policy change. There are few limitations of the study which have been mentioned in the conclusion. In spite of these limitation the results of the study still throws an insightful light on the situations of the workers in the organized as well as unorganized sectors in the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN