The Construction Industry in India is an important indicator of development as it creates investment opportunities across various related sectors. This industry has contributed an estimated ₹ 6708 billion to the national GDP in 2011-12 (a share of around 9%). The sector is labour-intensive and, including indirect jobs, provides employment to more than 35 million people.
According to one study, 90% of labourers working in the construction industry are internal migrants. Internal migrants are key actors of prosperous cities, boosting economic activity and economic growth (Bhagat, 2011).
Workers on construction sites normally migrate from one place to another in search of a livelihood. When these families come to the cities, usually it becomes imperative for both parents to work in order to make ends meet and survive! Being manual labourers, when the parents return from work, they neither have the energy, time nor the resources to pay attention to the developmental needs of the children. These children therefore are denied their basic rights to safety, health care, nutrition, and education.
Who will provide these to them in the absence of their parents?