India could witness the creation of more than 3 million jobs if it adopts sustainable practices for a green economy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO)-2018.
All sectors, except the mining industry, will experience an increase in employment, if environmentally sustainable means are adopted, according to the report.
Over 1.5 million jobs are expected to be created in the renewable sector, 4.6 lakh jobs in construction and 2.8 lakh in the services across the country.
However, the transition to a green economy would also involve a loss of 2.59 lakh jobs, stated the report, which pressed upon the need for policies to facilitate re-allocation of workers and support the displaced workers.
“The transition to a green economy in India will inevitably cause job losses in certain sectors as carbon and resource-intensive industries are scaled down, but these will be more than offset by new job opportunities,” it stated.
Highlighting that environmental sustainability was critical from the perspective of jobs, it emphasised that at present 52% of the employed population in the country, including farming and fishing and forestry, relies directly on the sustainability of a healthy environment.
Source: Live Mint