Question raised in Rajya Sabha on job loss due to automation, 11/03/2020

As per National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Indian IT/ITeS industry employs 41.38 lakhs persons as of FY 2018-19(E), adding around 1.7 lakhs employees (including women) from previous year. The technology automation has not replaced workers, but improved productivity and provided workers the time to focus on other tasks involving complex decision making and social interactions. Rather, the adoption of new technology createsjobs, increases productivity, and increases the demand for skilled labour.The Indian IT-ITES industry continues to be a net hirer and provides on the job training. As per the results of Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by National Sample Survey Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation during 2017-18, the estimated Women Worker Population Ratio (WPR) on usual status (principal status+subsidiary status) basis for the persons of age 15 years and above in the country is 22%.