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COVID-19 in UP: No Food, No Money, No MGNREGA Work, Second Wave Forcing Migrant Workers to Die by Suicide -Abdul Alim Jafri

-Newsclick.in According to union leaders, due to the Panchayat Polls from April to May in Uttar Pradesh, there was a halt in MGNREGS work, and the demand for labourers further slumped due to the complete lockdown that followed soon after. Lucknow: Brindaban Banjara (40), a security in-charge at Paragon footwear in Nangloi area of Delhi used to earn Rs 22,000 per month before the pandemic hit. But, within a span of three...

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‘Where Does All the Grief Go?’ 1,621 UP Teachers Die In Panchayat Polls -Aliza Noor

-Article-14.com Despite appeals not to deploy them for election duty in the midst of a  pandemic, teachers were made to work, as the government went back on promises of safety. We spoke to families of nine dead teachers, dealing with the loss of wage-earners, grief, anger and fear Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): “I lost my wife and my baby, who would have come into this world soon.” The voice of Deepak Agrahari, 30, was...

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UP: Over 1600 Teachers Died of COVID-19 After Poll Duty for Panchayat Elections -Manoj Singh

-TheWire.in The Uttar Pradesh Primary Teachers’ Association has sent a list of the victims to the chief minister and put forth demands including financial assistance to family members of the teachers who have died. Gorakhpur: At least 1621 teachers and support staff have so far died from COVID-19 following poll duty during the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, according to information provided by the Uttar Pradesh Primary Teachers’ Association on May...

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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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In UP’s Vast Agra District, Govt Ensures Death & Pandemic Go Unrecorded -Ashutosh Bhardwaj

-Article-14.com In the sprawling rural hinterland beyond the Taj Mahal, in a region dotted with hospitals, we found a deluge of unreported and unrecorded sickness and death, because the administration of chief minister Yogi Adityanath discourages record keeping, restricts testing and insists the pandemic is under control. Agra (Uttar Pradesh): In normal times, only a few bodies were cremated every week at the Poiya Ghat crematorium in rural Agra, 12 km and...

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