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5) With the manufacturing sector in India unable to provide employment opportunities to the youth, the digital platforms provide work to the growing demographic of youth in the country. In this context discuss the need for regulating them and the concerns associated with excessive regulation of these platforms.(250 words)

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

5) With the manufacturing sector in India unable to provide employment opportunities to the youth, the digital platforms provide work to the growing demographic of youth in the country. In this context discuss the need for regulating them and the concerns associated with excessive regulation of these platforms.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is in the context of Karnataka State government’s move to frame guidelines for workers of digital platforms like Uber, Ola, Zomato, Swiggy, UrbanClap, etc. 

Key demand of the question:

One must highlight the significance of digital platforms and gig economy that they are creating and the optimal methods of regulating them.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief narrate the context of the question.

Body:

Explain first the Importance of digital platforms.

Discuss the significance of the move taken by the govt. of Karnataka; The move to frame the guidelines is to ensure that all relevant labour benefits are available to even those working in the ‘gig economy’. The Karnataka government’s move to add benefits can provide a degree of public welfare assistance to a significant and growing workforce in India.

Then discuss in detail the concerns associated. 

Conclusion:

Conclude that while the government has the responsibility of ensuring social stability for all, any move in this direction must not create hurdles for the businesses. This will lead to loss of employment which in itself is a way to social security. The government needs to balance the views of all stakeholders.

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