India is a country with a population of over 1.3 billion and an ever-growing economy. Manufacturing is one such sector that is seeing healthy growth, thanks to the country’s vast manpower and industrial base.
But what about economically weaker sections (EWS)? In this blog post, we will explore this question and look at the challenges EWS businesses face in India.
From legislation to market dynamics, you will learn everything you need to know to succeed in India’s manufacturing sector.
What is an EWS?
There are certain sections of the society in India that are economically weaker than the rest. These sections, often referred to as Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), face a number of challenges in terms of accessing basic needs such as education and health care.
In order to address these challenges, the government has implemented several initiatives aimed at improving the life experiences of EWS populations. One such initiative is the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which provides employment opportunities to rural households in need.
Other initiatives, such as the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), aim to improve access to energy, sanitation, and housing for EWS populations. By addressing these challenges head on, the government is ensuring that EWS communities can reach their full potential.
What are the benefits of having EWS in India?
EWS is a special category of districts in India that are considered to be economically weaker sections. The term was first used in the context of economic development in 1978.
EWS districts have a difficult time competing with other districts in terms of infrastructure and development. This is because they lack the resources and access to necessary resources that other districts have.
There are many benefits to having EWS districts in India. First, they receive more funding from the government than other districts. This funding helps them to improve their infrastructure and develop their economy.
Additionally, EWS districts often have a higher percentage of population that is rural compared to other districts. This makes them more likely to be able to benefit from rural development programs, which can help them grow their economy. Lastly, EWS districts are often more willing to take on new businesses and industries because they understand the challenges that these businesses face.
Problems with having EWS in India
EWS in India are facing a lot of problems. The main ones are: low allocation, lack of awareness and low implementation.
There is a deficiency of funds for EWS in India . Out of the Rs. 2,000 crore earmarked for the scheme in 2016-17, only about Rs. 350 crore have been released so far. This amounts to just 0.5% of the total budget allocated for social welfare schemes this fiscal year.
Funds are also not being allocated on an equitable basis; states that have higher incidence of poverty and other deprived sections get more funds than those with less impoverished populations.
In FY 2017-18, Andhra Pradesh got Rs. 1,298 crore while Bihar received only Rs. 59 crore as Compared to Telangana which got Rs 5,623 crore and Maharashtra which got Rs 3,948 crore
Another problem with having EWS in India is that it is not well recognized or understood by most people here. Only 10% of households receiving benefits under EWS are from rural areas while 60% are from urban areas
According to a study conducted by the Lopa Research Foundation, 80% people do not know what EWS is There has been very little public awareness about the benefits and functions of EWS among citizens Even though there has been an increase in the number of beneficiaries under