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  • Parliamentary panel on labour backs expansion of MGNREGS to migrant workers Feb 17, 2021 02:41 PM IST

    Parliamentary panel on labour backs expansion of MGNREGS to migrant workers

    The committee urged the Centre to put in place a credible database of unorganised workers, especially migrant labourers, to ensure seamless delivery of relief packages to them at the time of distress.

  • Fake MNREGA cards: Deepika Padukone, other actors feature on rural job cards in Madhya Pradesh; probe ordered Oct 17, 2020 03:35 PM IST

    Fake MNREGA cards: Deepika Padukone, other actors feature on rural job cards in Madhya Pradesh; probe ordered

    One such fake MNREGA card was issued in the name of Sonu Shantilal with Padukone's photo. Through these fake cards, lakhs of rupees have been claimed as wages for activities which were never undertaken.

  • India of our dreams, and of our nightmares Oct 02, 2020 09:42 AM IST

    India of our dreams, and of our nightmares

    The burden of societal injustices will weigh on the collective consciousness of the nation and become the dead weight that stifles India’s growth — both as a vibrant democracy and as a roaring economy

  • At ‘Mamata’s Kitchen’ in West Bengal, migrant workers to get wholesome meals at Rs 5 Sep 29, 2020 04:15 PM IST

    At ‘Mamata’s Kitchen’ in West Bengal, migrant workers to get wholesome meals at Rs 5

    The meals provided at Didir Rannaghar, or Mamata's Kitchen, will primarily be vegetarian and the menu will change every day. The migrant workers will be served rice, dal (pulses), shukto (vegetable stew), Khichdi (pot rice cooked with lentils and spices), and papad.

  • Centre blames fake news for exodus of migrant workers during the lockdown Sep 15, 2020 10:00 PM IST

    Centre blames fake news for exodus of migrant workers during the lockdown

    The Centre on September 14 informed the Parliament that no data is available on the number of migrant workers who lost their lives during the nationwide lockdown announced in March.

  • Of all migrant workers who returned home during pandemic, 75% hail from 5 states: Labour Ministry data Sep 14, 2020 08:23 PM IST

    Of all migrant workers who returned home during pandemic, 75% hail from 5 states: Labour Ministry data

    The labour ministry put forth this data in Parliament in response to a query seeking state-wise details of the number of labourers who had migrated to their hometowns from cites or their work places due to loss of jobs.

  • Coronavirus impact | 83 lakh NREGA job cards issued since lockdown, maximum in Uttar Pradesh Sep 04, 2020 10:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | 83 lakh NREGA job cards issued since lockdown, maximum in Uttar Pradesh

    Between April 1 and September 3, the Centre has issued new NREGA job cards to more than 83 lakh rural households under the MNGREGA scheme, whereas 64.70 lakh new job cards were issued in the last financial year.

  • A shift to more capital-intensive agriculture Jul 31, 2020 08:36 AM IST

    A shift to more capital-intensive agriculture

    While the shift to a more professional farming is desirable, jobs need to be found for marginal farmers and others displaced by it

  • India needs to review its treatment of migrant labour Jul 29, 2020 12:52 PM IST

    India needs to review its treatment of migrant labour

    The root of the migrant labour crisis lay in the lack of employment opportunities in rural India, which must be restructured with vastly diversified productive activities to absorb local labour

  • Housing for migrants — a few home truths Jul 15, 2020 08:36 AM IST

    Housing for migrants — a few home truths

    Archaic laws need to be overhauled to make returns on affordable rental housing projects attractive

  • Surat faces an existential crisis Jul 14, 2020 11:45 AM IST

    Surat faces an existential crisis

    With a second wave of migrants fleeing the city, it is high time Gujarat sets its administrative house in order and do what needs to be done to fight the pandemic

  • Free food, housing, air tickets – incentives Indian companies are offering to lure back migrant workers Jul 06, 2020 12:21 PM IST

    Free food, housing, air tickets – incentives Indian companies are offering to lure back migrant workers

    Private companies are also competing with government incentives for rural opportunities such as free food, fuel, cash transfers and promise of jobs

  • Railways charts Rs 1,800-crore plan to employ returned migrants for next 125 days Jun 26, 2020 12:49 PM IST

    Railways charts Rs 1,800-crore plan to employ returned migrants for next 125 days

    So far, about 160 types of infrastructure projects that are to be expedited have been identified, which could generate employment for thousands of migrant labourers for the next few months.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | 56% COVID-19 cases in West Bengal are migrant workers Jun 17, 2020 07:59 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | 56% COVID-19 cases in West Bengal are migrant workers

    The news comes at a time when Bengal’s coronavirus count dipped for the third consecutive day and the patient recovery rate crossed 50 percent for the first time.

  • Madhya Pradesh govt to organise job fairs for labourers Jun 13, 2020 09:53 AM IST

    Madhya Pradesh govt to organise job fairs for labourers

    These job fairs will be held from the third week of June, a public relations department official said.

  • Coronavirus impact | UP govt comes to rescue of famished migrant family turned out by landlord Jun 11, 2020 05:52 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | UP govt comes to rescue of famished migrant family turned out by landlord

    The migrant worker did not have a ration card or a job card to ease his ordeal and was left with no option but had to sell his wife’s jewellery for a meagre Rs 1,500

  • Coronavirus lockdown: Shortage of labour leads to 8-fold increase in direct sowing of rice in Punjab Jun 10, 2020 09:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown: Shortage of labour leads to 8-fold increase in direct sowing of rice in Punjab

    Punjab requires at least 6 lakh labourers to transplant paddy on 27-28 lakh hectares of farm land.

  • Amitabh Bachchan books three flights for stranded migrants: Report Jun 10, 2020 05:46 PM IST

    Amitabh Bachchan books three flights for stranded migrants: Report

    He has chartered the Indigo Airlines’ Varanasi-bound flight that departed on the morning of June 10 with 180 migrant workers; the other two flights were scheduled to depart later in the day.

  • In the first round, as many as 75,000 labourers from Uttar Pradesh agree to sign up for construction work Jun 09, 2020 07:43 PM IST

    In the first round, as many as 75,000 labourers from Uttar Pradesh agree to sign up for construction work

    Real estate body Naredco's UP Chapter had signed an MoU with the UP government to employ 2.5 lakh migrant workers.

  • Manufacturing | Abolish the inspector raj to boost Make in India Jun 09, 2020 12:36 PM IST

    Manufacturing | Abolish the inspector raj to boost Make in India

    The only way forward is to shred the red tape that is binding our entrepreneurs and labour down. This is the bus that Indian manufacturers missed in 1991

  • Lockdown left millions of migrants empty-handed; govt should give each Rs 25,000: Irudaya Rajan Jun 07, 2020 06:00 PM IST

    Lockdown left millions of migrants empty-handed; govt should give each Rs 25,000: Irudaya Rajan

    There are more than 600 million migrants in the country and out of them, at least 140 million are in major cities alone

  • Sitaram Yechury calls for pan-India protest on June 16 against migrant workers' crisis Jun 03, 2020 07:36 PM IST

    Sitaram Yechury calls for pan-India protest on June 16 against migrant workers' crisis

    He commended the efforts of the Left government in Kerala in controlling the number of coronavirus cases, adding that the Centre "refuses to learn" from the Kerala model

  • Mamata Banerjee urges Centre to give Rs 10,000 each to migrant workers Jun 03, 2020 12:45 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee urges Centre to give Rs 10,000 each to migrant workers

    In a tweet, she said financial aid should also be provided to those engaged in the unorganised sector to help them cope with the ongoing economic crisis arising out of the lockdown.

  • Migrants returning to Bihar won't be quarantined, despite majority testing positive for COVID-19 Jun 02, 2020 07:03 PM IST

    Migrants returning to Bihar won't be quarantined, despite majority testing positive for COVID-19

    Of the 3,872 confirmed cases in the state, 2,743 are migrants who have returned after May 3.

  • Bihar provides condoms to migrant labourers Jun 02, 2020 02:50 PM IST

    Bihar provides condoms to migrant labourers

    As of now, over 8.77 lakh people have left quarantine facilities, while 5.30 lakh are still living in block and district centres.

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