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Migrant Workers From West Bengal Live Precarious Lives Amid Economic Turmoil -Sandip Chakraborty and Anirban Dey

-Newsclick.in The migrant labourers face absolute hardship and exploitation while working outside their native states and face economic turmoil after returning home, forcing them to leave again. Kolkata/ Baharampore: Samrat Karyi (18) of Madhupur gram panchayat of Coochbihar had gone to Rajasthan to work as a migrant labourer in the construction sector. He boarded the Bikaner Guwahati express to return home with his brother. When he was nearing the Coochbihar Junction, he...

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SC to Consider Hearing Plea Seeking Food, Welfare Measures for Migrant Workers During Third Covid Wave

-PTI/ News18.com The activists, in the fresh plea, have sought directions to the Centre to file a status report with respect to compliance of the directions given in the judgment delivered in June last year. The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would consider listing for hearing the fresh plea of activists seeking implementation of an earlier order on ensuring food security and other welfare measures for Migrant Workers who are again in...

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Kejriwal Govt Not Distributing Food to Vulnerable Families Lacking Ration Cards, Survey Reveals

-TheWire.in Despite clear instructions from the courts to provide foodgrains to Migrant Workers and economically vulnerable families, none of the 62 distribution centres checked were found to be distributing rations. New Delhi: The Delhi government’s claims to have adopted a scheme to provide rations to poor and marginalised communities – even if they do not possess ration cards – appears to be proving hollow as no distribution of rations is taking place,...

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How the Code on Wages ‘legalises’ bonded labour -Soumya Sivakumar

-The Hindu It allows employers to extend unlimited advances to workers and charge an unspecified interest rate on such loans Debt bondage is a form of slavery that exists when a worker is induced to accept advances on wages, of a size, or at a level of interest, such that the advance will never be repaid. One of India’s hastily-passed Labour Codes — the Code on Wages, 2019 — gives legal sanction...

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Why demand for MGNREGS is expected to continue -Surabhi

-The Hindu Business Line Economy is recovering but rural labour market still in distress Even as the economy is on the recovery track — spurring optimism about job creation and better employment prospects — a large part of the labour force, especially in the rural areas, continues to face challenges. Data from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) indicates that stress in the labour market, which escalated after Covid-19 lockdowns,...

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