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Oxfam Commitment To Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020

Oxfam Commitment To Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020:

The Labour and Employment Minister has informed the Lok Sabha that Oxfam Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020 lacked clarity and did not take into account provisions of the four new labour codes.

  • The Index ranked countries measuring their policies and actions in three areas that it said are proven to be directly related to reducing inequality:
    • Public services (health, education and social protection)
    • Taxation
    • Workers’ rights
  • Nigeria, Bahrain and India, which experienced the world’s fastest-growing outbreak of Covid-19, were among the world’s worst-performing countries in tackling inequality going into the pandemic.

India’s Position on the Index:

  • Overall, India ranked 129 in the CRI index out of 158 countries on government policies, and actions in areas of public services of education, health, social protection, taxation, and workers’ rights.
  • India slipped from rank 141 in the year 2018 to 151 in the year 2020 with weak labour rights and high incidence of vulnerable employment.
  • The highest presence of the informal sector for men was in Uttar Pradesh at 86.9% and for women was in Andhra Pradesh at 73.6%.
  • In terms of its public services, it ranked 141.
  • India has been ranked 19 on the taxation pillar.