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Why India’s migrants deserve a better deal -Priya Deshingkar * Roughly 100 million migrant workers are directly responsible for 10% of the GDP. Why are they still so invisible? * There has been an unwillingness to collect better data on circular migrants and understand how they affect the economy. This is shocking for a country that runs on migrant labour BRIGHTON/ LONDON: Images of stranded migrants and their long arduous journeys back home will remain seared in our collective memories of...

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"Pathetic... Cannot Control Tears": Madras High Court On Migrant Crisis -J Sam Daniel Stalin

-NDTV The Madras High Court has given the centre and Tamil Nadu government till May 22 to respond to several searching questions about its handling of the crisis Chennai: The "pathetic condition of migrant nothing but a Human tragedy", the Madras High Court said today in strongly-worded comments on the Humanitarian crisis sparked by lakhs of migrants frantically trying to return to home states amid the coronavirus lockdown. Pulling up both the...

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Re-imagining food systems crucial for climate, economic resilience: Nutrition report -Chinmayi Shalya

-Down to Earth Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic pushes government to act on reforms of food systems with urgency Food systems must be inclusive, local and diverse to address food security and malnutrition and build economic and climate resilience, according to the latest 2020 Global Nutrition Report. The report — released by the Stakeholder group — placed equity as the cornerstone of all efforts to overcome global malnutrition and insisted on policy...

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Are India’s labour laws too restrictive? -Suresh Seshadri

-The Hindu For employers, availability of skilled workforce and worker-management ties are more vital Some State governments including Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) have proposed ordinances to exempt manufacturing establishments from the purview of most labour laws. In a discussion moderated by Suresh Seshadri, Amit Basole (Associate Professor of Economics, Azim Premji Unversity, Bengaluru) and K.R. Shyam Sundar (Professor of Human Resource Management, XLRI, Jamshedpur) look at the backdrop for...

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Enough with the lofty rhetoric. It’s time to let the money do the talk -Himanshu Slogans, vision statements and acronyms are unlikely to be of any help to those in distress As the details of the mega fiscal package of ₹20 trillion announced by the prime minister are slowly being revealed by the finance minister (FM), it is increasingly becoming clear that it has less to do with the immediate crisis of lives and livelihood and more to do with the long-term agenda of reforms and...

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