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Towards Universal Social Protection in India in a Rights-based Paradigm
Ravi Srivastava
This article discusses the universalization of social protection in India in the context of rightbased paradigms. It first considers the question of universalization of protective social security and then discusses the issues arising out of the expansion of social protection, which deal with deficiencies and capabilities in areas such as basic education and health, employment, food and nutrition intake, in a rights-based framework. After considering the constraints in the expansion of social protection in India, this article first shows that it is financially and institutionally feasible to provide protective social security to all workers in the informal economy in India. It further concludes that there is sufficient ground to argue for universal social protection in India under the current conditions. It also shows that a rights-based framework can provide the basis for rapid advancement of social protection in a universal direction.


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