Amid Claims Of Development, MP Govt Admits That The State’s 25% Population Works As Labourers

Madhya Pradesh, the BJP ruled state that claims to be developing at a brisk pace, still as 25 per cent of its population working as labourers. According to the government, the state has a total population of 7.27 crores and according to the 2011 census and 1.85 crore people have registered themselves as labourers in the unorganised sector including agriculture.

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Madhya Pradesh labour minister Balkrishna Patidar said the government will update the list.

“Farmers who had less than 2.50 acre of land were treated as labourers. Those who are paying income tax, pensioners… we will sort the list. In the coming days, the number of such labourers might decline,” Mr Patidar said.

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