Opinion | Citizen-led employment generation is what’s needed
Employment opportunities will require focus on smaller districts that house majority of population
As one of the youngest countries in the world, India often feels secure in the growth of its demography and a decreasing dependency ratio. On the other hand, every time we observe a group of young men loitering on a side street or the outskirts of a village, we are reminded of the dark shadow of a demographic liability. China is going through the pains of a working-age population that has peaked at 1 billion citizens and starting to decline rapidly. In 15 years, a similar process will happen in India, as our dependency ratio peaks and then declines. The next decade will be decisive for India to use its growing demography to foster inclusive growth. This next decade is a “do or die" moment for slaying unemployment.