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India to supply over half of Asia’s workforce: report
New Delhi, Sept 19:  
India, with over 65 per cent of population below the age of 35, will supply more than half of potential workforce over the coming decade in Asia, which is grappling with ageing population, according to a report.
India will however have to first equip its workforce with necessary skills to contribute to the national economy in order for the country to reap dividends of its demographic potential, said the report by Deloitte — ‘Demographics fuelling Asia’s shifting balance of power’
“India is among a handful of South Asian countries that sits on a demographic gold mine,” the report said, adding that the country has a median population age of 27.3 years compared to 35 years for China and around 47 years for Japan.
Deloitte India Lead Economist Anis Chakravarty said: “India will account for more than half of the increase in Asia’s workforce in the coming decade, but this isn’t just a story of more workers...”
These new workers will be much better trained and educated than the existing Indian workforce, he added.
“There will be rising economic potential coming alongside that, thanks to an increased share of women in the workforce, as well as an increased ability and interest in working for longer. The consequences for businesses are huge,” Chakravarty said.
The report, however, said, “in order for India to reap the dividends of its demographic potential, it has to first equip its workforce with the necessary skills to contribute to the national economy.”
The country needs to pay special attention to skilling and reskilling its workforce with a focus on the changing nature of today’s jobs with the invasion of machines and improvement in robotics.
“With more than 65 per cent of the population below the age of 35, India will rise as an economic superpower, supplying more than half of Asia’s potential workforce over the coming decade,” it added.
According to the report, Asia’s elderly population will rise from 365 million in 2017 to more than 520 million in 2027.
By 2042, there will be more over-65s in Asia than the populations of the Eurozone and North America combined, it said.
To manage ageing populations, the report suggested steps such as increasing the retirement age, welcoming migrants and increasing productivity and skill development, among others. 

Rule 7 of the CCS (conduct) Rules 1964 Prohibits CG Staffs attending Dharna – DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.G & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi.
Dated, the 19th September, 2017

Subject:-Dharna Notice for 19th September, 2017 and 17th October, 2017 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules), 1964 – Regarding.

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that Confederation of Central Government Employee and Workers has decided to observe dharna at district headquarters across the country on 19th September, 2017 followed by similar protest at all State capitals on 17th October, 2017. The proposed protests are in support of pay and service related demands.
2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel and Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow, sit-down etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS [conduct] Rules. 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(1) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also ruled in several judgements that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form including dharna would face the consequences which besides deduction of wages may also include appropriate disciplinary action. Attention of all employees of this Department is also drawn to this Department’s O.M. No. 33012/I/(s)/2008 –Estt.(B) dated 12.9.2008 on the subject for strict compliance.
3. All officers are requested that the above instructions may be brought to the notice of the employees working under their control. All officers are also requested not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to the officers and employees if applied for during the period of proposed dharna and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises.
4. In case employees go on dharna all divisional heads are requested to forward a report indicating the number and details of employees who are absent from duty on the day of strike i.e. 19.09.2017 and 17.10.2017.
(Suresh Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
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