South Asia

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3 - How Demonetisation Affected Informal Labour: The Unmaking and Remaking of Waste Chains in an Indian City

Friday, July 6
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Juniper, New Building

Through the case of the informal waste chains in the Pune Metropolitan Region, this paper outlines the tussles that emerged between informal labor and informal capital in the days following demonetization. The resulting loss of trust in transactions continued to linger long after the cash shortages had eased. This paper provides an outline of the intermediate chain of events, the moves, and the counter-moves leading to a negotiation of the crisis. Where and how did the pressure points get created that snapped the waste chain? How was the crisis resolved? What was the new equilibrium reached and at what expense? This set of questions formed the initial framework of the inquiry. The answers help us look beyond the governmental balance sheets to reconceptualize how the profits and losses from demonetization may have got accrued on the ground. The constraints under which the informal markets for waste functioned after demonetization could provide important lessons for making waste policies more grounded. 

Kalyan Shankar Vudayagiri

Symbiosis School of Economics, India

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