good industrial growth, the modern sector is unable to provide employment to
the surplus and marginal labor force in an urban area. The surplus labor has
made a valiant effort to carve out a niche for its own living and subsistence,
within the urban economic system, undertaking a variety of informal productive
activities known as the informal sector
India, urban informal sector (IS) includes a number of activities in its
ambits. Milk production and distribution is one such productive activity
undertaken by a section of under-privileged urbanites (Gowalas). Small scale
producers mostly carry out their production activities either in the far end of
the urban boundaries or in the open spaces available in the cities and towns.
urbanization has led to increase in the demand for raw milk and dairy products
in most of the Indian cities. Our proposed study area – Greater Guwahati City
has undergone massive population growth. Along with high urbanization, the
total demand for milk consumption in the city has also increased.
to high urbanization, high demand for milk as well as the lack of capacity of
the formal milk producing sector (FMPUs) to meet the rising demand has made the
role of the informal milk producing units (IMUs) become vital. Hence, the
author felt the necessity to undertake a comprehensive study on the IMPUs in
Dr Jugal Saikia has a master’s
degree in economics and a doctorate from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU)
Shillong, Meghalaya. In spite of being born in a down-trodden family from a
very remote village of Khalihamari, Dhemaji District, Assam, he completed his
education successfully. He has twenty-one years of service as a lecturer,
selection grade professor and associate professor of economics in Goreswar
College, undivided Kamrup District. In 2010, he joined the North Bank College,
Ghilamara, Lakhimpur District as principal. During twenty-four years of his
academic career, he specialized in the field of rural and informal economics.
He has guided two students with their M Phil degrees and is currently guiding
two students pursuing their doctorates.
has a good number of articles as well as research papers published in different
journals and magazines. He has attended two international seminars and a large
number of national seminars. He has published his first book A Profile of Rural Self-Employment – A case
study in 2015.