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22% of Assam’s Workforce Lost Jobs During COVID: Study The majority of jobs lost were in travel, construction, transport, textile and the hospitality sectors. An estimated 862,500 jobs might have been lost in Assam during both the waves of the Pandemic. According to a study conducted by Nowgong College (Autonomous), at Nagaon, in central Assam from May to August in 14 of the 34 districts, 22% of the workforce may have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Livelihoods were severely...

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The state of agriculture in India is only going from bad to worse -Himanshu * The latest Situation Assessment Survey adds to findings that reveal worsening agrarian distress * Our agricultural sector has been in a state of perpetual decline after 2012-13 and is reeling under such shocks as back-to-back droughts, demonetization and the covid-19 Pandemic Earlier this month, the National Statistical Office released the Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of agricultural households for the 2018-19 agricultural year, which runs from July to June. This is the...

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NREGA Sangharsh Morcha demands higher wages, more working days, employee insurance in letter to PM

-National Herald It has requested Union government to notify a wage rate of Rs 600 per day for NREGA workers and allocation of work for 150 days annually for each job card holding individual Flagging issues being faced by crores of MGNREGA workers, NREGA Sangharsh Morcha has requested the Union government to notify a wage rate of Rs 600 per day for NREGA workers and allocation of work for 150 days annually...

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What counts is seldom counted -S Irudaya Rajan and US Mishra

-The Hindu Census data in India are losing their relevance in the development agenda India is busy debating the caste census when the regular Census itself has not been conducted owing to the Pandemic. It is quite ironic that various elections have been held, and people gathered together at large rallies flouting COVID-19 norms, while the Census has still not been conducted. This is the first time that India has not conducted...

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The dark underbelly of Punjab’s liquor problem -Srishti Jaswal Over 100 people died after consuming illicit liquor in 2020. The police have implicated two brothers, but the trade runs deep in the state’s political economy. On the night of June 23, 2021, the sounds of qawwali rang out from a Sufi shrine in Dhotian, a village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. The brutal second wave of the coronavirus Pandemic hadn’t yet receded, but hundreds were in attendance at the shrine,...

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