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-The Telegraph A significant factor behind legal pendency is the number of judicial vacancies, especially in lower courts — more than 5,000 vacancies over the last decade That justice delayed is justice denied is a reality with which Indians are all too familiar. A decade ago, India already had the world’s largest backlog of cases; the total has now climbed to a monumental 4.6 crore. The pandemic, predictably, has exacerbated the problem,...

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National helpline for migrant and informal workers launched by civil society organisations

-Press statement by Working Peoples Charter (WPC) and Aajeevika Bureau dated 18th September, 2021 The Working Peoples Charter (WPC), along with Aajeevika Bureau, launched the National Helpline for workers on September 18, 2021, at the Press Club in Mumbai. The helpline, known as the India Labourline, has been operational since July 16, 2021, and has its headquarters in Mumbai. In the last two months, the helpline has received 2497 calls and provided...

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Growing Distress and a Falling Unemployment Rate: What is going on in the labour market? -Ishan Anand and Anjana Thampi

-TheIndiaForum.in The Periodic Labour Force Survey for 2019-20 has thrown up some unusual and contradictory patterns in employment and unemployment. However, the trends in the labour market over three years of the PLFS from 2017-18 onwards are clear and cause for worry. The pandemic has had a disastrous impact on lives and livelihoods. The national Lockdown of March–May 2020 will be remembered for its devastating neglect of migrant workers and the unprecedented,...

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Average daily income from cultivation was ₹27 per day in 2018-19 -Roshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

-Hindustan Times An Indian farmer earned ₹27 per day on average from cultivation in 2018-19. This is less than what he would have earned doing MGNREGS work through the year. An Indian farmer earned ₹27 per day on average from cultivation in 2018-19. This is less than what he would have earned doing MGNREGS work through the year. These numbers underline the magnitude of the viability crisis in Indian agriculture. India’s inability to shift...

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More than 2.57 lakh people evicted in India during the pandemic; 21 people evicted from their homes every hour, says latest report

-Press release by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) dated 9th September, 2021 Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), today, released its new report on forced evictions in India. Titled, Forced Evictions in India in 2020: A Grave Human Rights Crisis During the Pandemic, this report presents comprehensive data and an analysis of forced evictions and demolitions of homes of the urban and rural poor across the country in 2020. It...

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