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How Did Union, State Govts Fare on SC's Order Providing Safety Net for Migrant Labour? -Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra

-TheWire.in In the wake of the migrant worker crisis, the Supreme Court issued five major directions to Union and state governments on June 29, 2021.  In the wake of the sudden announcement of nationwide lockdown in March 2020, millions of people decided to go back to their villages, towns and cities. Television channels filled with images of men, women and children, walking barefoot, some lugging suitcases with children on top were brought...

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A long road for migrant workers -Aagam Jain

-The Hindu The guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court are welcome, but they require robust systems. The Supreme Court on June 29 pronounced its judgment in the migrant labourers case. The case was initiated last year after the national lockdown was announced on March 24. Thousands of landless labourers had started walking towards their home States due to the loss of employment and income. The Supreme Court took cognisance of the...

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NAPM welcomes the SC judgment on rations for all migrants & time-bound registration of unorganized sector workers

-Press release by National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) dated 2nd July, 2021  The sudden and unplanned lockdown imposed by the union government in March 2020 in the wake of pandemic had caused immense hardship to the informal sector workers. After much criticism and concern on its inaction, Supreme Court on 26.05.2020 took suo moto cognizance of “problems and miseries of the migrant labourers”. Later, several persons associated with people’s organisations...

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Migrant workers bore the brunt of 2020 lockdown due their poor access to social security schemes & legal rights, depicts latest NHRC report

The rise in COVID-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths compelled many state governments to impose local level lockdowns during April-May 2021. As of 20th April, 2021, partial lockdowns were noticed in 10 states across the country and complete lockdown was imposed in Delhi. As of 8th May, 2021, nearly the entire country was under complete lockdown as a result of either partial lockdowns and night curfews or complete...

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It’s time to protect the poor and the migrants from rising edible oil prices

In his Mann ki Baat address to the nation on 30th May, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appreciated the fact that the farmers received "more than the minimum support price (MSP) for mustard" pertaining to the rabi production. One can easily guess from this statement of the PM that the mustard growers in Haryana (and elsewhere) preferred to sell their produce to private traders in the open market instead...

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