The present Statistical Abstract 2019 is the Nineth in the series brought out by the Directorate on the basis of secondary data sources.

India has recorded high levels of unemployment and low labor force participation rates in recent years even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown. How does an episode of unemployment or loss of income affect household consumption expenditure is an important question for designing effective safety nets.

The Future of Jobs report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualized within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years.

Transport is traditionally a male-dominated sector. The realization that the sector and its subsystems have been conceived, designed, and matured from either a male-oriented or a gender-neutral perspective is thus unsurprising.

Engaging young agripreneurs in private sector extension and advisory services (EAS) is critical for livelihoods in rural areas where millions of youth are unemployed and face many barriers to entry into agriculture.

This study reports the findings from the Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19 conducted by partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth1 between April and May 2020. This was at the time when the COVID-19 pandemic had rapidly translated into an economic crisis.

The Supreme Court (SC) on June 9, 2020 directed all the states and Union Territories (UTs) to 'consider' withdrawal of prosecution and complaints under Section 51 of Disaster Management Act and other related offences lodged against the migrant labourers "alleged to have violated measures of lockdown by moving on roads during the period of lockdown enforced under Disaster Management Act, 2005."

Promoting gender equality has been a key priority of the Government and is also plays a focal role in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda 2030. Gender statistics cuts across all areas of official statistics and provides a lens for policy makers to evolve targeted strategies to address gaps and bridging the gender-based disparities. The National Statistical Office has been bringing out "Women and Men in India" as an annual publication since 1995 and the current issue is the twenty first in the series.

Public Interest Litigation filed by Harsh Mander and Anjali Bhardwaj in the Supreme Court for enforcement of the Fundamental Right to Life of migrant workers who are severely affected without work, wages or food and hence forced to reverse migrate due to the nationwide lockdown dated March 31, 2020.

The World Social Report 2020 examines the impact of four such megatrends on inequality: technological innovation, climate change, urbanization and international migration. Technological change can be an engine of economic growth, offering new possibilities in health care, education, communication and productivity.

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