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PIL in Supreme Court seeks full wages for MGNREGA workers for coronavirus lockdown period

-The Hindu/PTI The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. A fresh PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and authorities to pay full wages to MGNREGA workers for the entire period of the nationwide lockdown. The 21-day lockdown from March 25 was announced by the government to prevent the spread of the...

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Jean Drèze, Belgian-born Indian economist and right-to-food activist, interviewed by Preetha Nair (Outlook India)

-Outlook India Indian Economist Jean Drèze, in an interview with Outlook, says that because of the Coronavirus lockdown, there won’t be any employment under MNREGA now and Bihar will be the worst-hit. Belgian-born Indian economist, Jean Dreze, says that the central government needs to take immediate measures to address the situation that has emerged in the wake of mass exodus of migrant workers due to the Coronavirus lockdown. In an interview with...

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Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief secretary, Jharkhand, interviewed by Abhishek Angad (The Indian Express)

-The Indian Express We have ordered supplies. We have made arrangements and at maximum we can deal with 2,000 COVID-19 patients at a time, says Devendra Kumar Tiwari. Ranchi: Devendra Kumar Tiwari, the top bureaucrat in Jharkhand, which has till date not reported any confirmed case of coronavirus, tells ABHISHEK ANGAD that the state administration is ready to address the situation if there’s an outbreak. Excerpts: * Jharkhand has a substantial population in...

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‘Centre’s COVID-19 Relief Package a ‘Misnomer’, Fails to Address Needs of Most Vulnerable’ -Ayaskant Das ‘The MGNREGA hike has also been announced at a time while hardly any public works are possible under the scheme owing to ‘social distancing’ norms. In any case, the government is yet to clear previous dues of workers for this year under the MGNREGA scheme.’ New Delhi: The Union Government’s financial relief package for the needy, in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown across the country, while a welcome step,...

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What we should do about COVID-19 -P Sainath The government’s ‘package’ responding to the crisis is a blend of callousness and cluelessness With his first speech on the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got us to scare evil spirits away by having people bang the hell out of their pots and pans. With his second, he scared the hell out of all of us. With not a word on how the public, particularly the poor, are to access food and other...

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