RIGHT TO WORK IN INDIA: A DISTANT DREAM

Author- ALOK DUBEY

Volume 1 Issue 1 (2020)

This article explores the importance of the Right to work and especially in a country like India. Though this right is not explicitly incorporated as a fundamental right under the Constitution of India it has been considered a basic human right under the umbrella of Article 21 by the Supreme Court of India. Right to live with dignity which was held in Maneka Gandhi vs. Union
of India is not possible if the person does not earn its livelihood. Though in India it is not possible to implement this right at the ground level due to its humongous population which is also one of the reasons that right to work is enshrined under the Constitution of India as a Directive Principle rather than a fundamental right. But after India’s independence, the governments have taken a number of forwarding steps and one such step is the implementation of the MGNREGA policy. The paper further critically analyses this right in the current times and various judgements given by the apex court in relation to the Right to earn livelihood and other Essential rights related to it.

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