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Number of Gujarat’s landless agricultural workers rises

In 2014-15, the government spent Rs 5,721 crore under nine schemes formulated by the Government of India to provide social security cover to the unorganised workers.

During the ten-year period between 2001-11 when the number of landless agricultural workers decreased in states like Kerala and Goa, it rose in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

As per the Census 2011, there are about 14.43 crore landless agriculture workers in the country, of which 68.39 lakh are in Gujarat, Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya told the Rajya Sabha Wednesday in reply to a question by MP Parimal Nathwani.

The number of landless agricultural workers in Gujarat increased from 51.61 lakh in Census 2001 to 68.39 lakh in 2011. The highest — 1.99 crore landless workers — are in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar (1.83 crore), Andhra Pradesh (1.69 crore), Maharashtra (1.34 crore) and Madhya Pradesh (1.21 crore). Interestingly, during this ten-year period, the number of landless agriculture workers went down in Kerala, Goa, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Daman & Diu, the minister said.

In 2014-15, the government spent Rs 5,721 crore under nine schemes formulated by the Government of India to provide social security cover to the unorganised workers, he said.

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