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National helpline for migrant and informal workers launched by civil society organisations

-Press statement by Working Peoples Charter (WPC) and Aajeevika Bureau dated 18th September, 2021 The Working Peoples Charter (WPC), along with Aajeevika Bureau, launched the National Helpline for workers on September 18, 2021, at the Press Club in Mumbai. The helpline, known as the India Labourline, has been operational since July 16, 2021, and has its headquarters in Mumbai. In the last two months, the helpline has received 2497 calls and provided...

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E-Shram needs some hard work to get going -KR Shyam Sundar

-The Hindu The nuances of the unorganised workers’ identity are complex which portal registration may not be able to capture On August 26, 2021, the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE) launched the E-Shram, the web portal for creating a National Database of Unorganized Workers (NDUW), which will be seeded with Aadhaar. It seeks to register an estimated 398-400 million unorganised workers and to issue an E-Shram card. However, it has come...

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Growing Distress and a Falling Unemployment Rate: What is going on in the labour market? -Ishan Anand and Anjana Thampi The Periodic Labour Force Survey for 2019-20 has thrown up some unusual and contradictory patterns in employment and unemployment. However, the trends in the labour market over three years of the PLFS from 2017-18 onwards are clear and cause for worry. The pandemic has had a disastrous impact on lives and livelihoods. The national lockdown of March–May 2020 will be remembered for its devastating neglect of migrant workers and the unprecedented,...

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The migrant workers who never went back -Aarefa Johari They wanted to work, even as the number of women in India’s workforce fell. But a national upheaval crushed Jharkhand women’s dreams of new lives in Tamil Nadu. Simran Oraon has no regrets about the day she ran away from her home in Jharkhand all the way to Tamil Nadu. It was mid-April 2019, a few days after she had finished a two-month tailoring course at a skills training institute in Gumla,...

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Why India should spend more on its rural employment scheme -Shreehari Paliath & Geeta Devi Although the demand for work under MGNREGS was the highest ever after the lockdown-triggered reverse migration in 2020, the Centre reduced funds for 2021. Prem Lal, 39, has had a horrid time since the national lockdown in 2020. Soon after the announcement in March, like many stranded migrant workers, he made the arduous journey back home. He walked nearly 1,200 km from Pune, where he worked as a painter, to...

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