The number of employees at India’s major ports declined at a compound annual rate of five per cent between 2001 and 2010, an Assocham study on major and minor ports has said.
The number of employees in different cadres reduced from 83,700 to just over 55,400 at 12 major ports in India according to a sector-specific analysis titled Employment Scenario at Major, Minor and Intermediate Ports in India’ released recently by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
Assocham had analysed the employment scenario at the ports of Kandla, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru port (Nhava Sheva), Mormugao, New Mangalore, Kochi, Tuticorin, Chennai, Ennore, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata.
The employment at the Mumbai port declined at the highest compound rate of six per cent, as the number of employees fell from about 23,800 in 2001 to 14,000 in 2010.
Mumbai is followed by Tuticorin at over 5.7 per cent, where the number of employees declined from over 3,700 to 2,200. Tuticorin is followed by Kolkata where the number of employees dropped from 14,600 to just over 9,100 at about five per cent rate.
The employment has also declined at about five per cent at the port of Chennai as the number of employees has come down from over 12,250 to 8,000. Paradip, Marmugao, New Mangalore and Kochi are other major ports where the number of employees has dropped at the rate of three-four per cent.