India could tweak the way it measures women participation in the overall workforce to bring it on a par with international standards and fully capture their contribution their contribution. The 28 member standing committee on economic statistics, constituted by the ministry of statistics constituted by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation in January 2020, is deliberating revamp of the questionnaire used for the Periodic Labour Force Survey.
Its felt that the existing set of questions on workforce participation are not comparable with international standards.
The changes proposed by the committee, if accepted by the government could be taken into consideration for computing data for the financial year 2022-2023 as the new questionnaire will undergo pilot tests before it replaces the existing ones.
The World Bank estimates show that India has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates in the world with less than one third of women, defines as 15 years or older working or actively looking for a job.