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Why did the Centre put migrant workers through five weeks of anguish before letting them go home? -Ipsita Chakravarty Neither testing nor hospital capacities in rural districts seems to have shown much improvement since lockdown was imposed. Five weeks after a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus was announced to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Centre will allow migrant workers to return home. Five weeks during which hundreds of thousands of workers set out on foot to cover the hundreds of kilometres that lay between...

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India must rescue farmers from Covid-19 shock -Soumya Sarkar India’s pandemic-forced lockdown has plunged agriculture into a crisis that needs immediate cash transfers to bail out smallholder farmers preparing for the summer cropping season India’s complete lockdown to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has upended the agrarian economy of the South Asian nation. It could have a serious impact on farm production in the main summer cropping season, work for which starts in May. Farmers in India are no...

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COVID-19 Lockdown: In April, MGNREGA Work Crashed to Lowest in 7 Years -Kabir Agarwal In the month of April 2020, 34 lakh households were provided work compared to 1.7 crore in April of 2019, a decline of 86%. New Delhi: Only 20% of the number of people who were provided work in April 2019 were employed in April 2020 under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), according to official government data. In the month of April 2020, 34 lakh households were provided work...

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Suggested resources to understand the COVID-19 crisis better

These days a lot many articles, reports, documents, etc. are appearing in the public domain on Coronavirus infection and related issues. An attempt has been made in the present news alert to put together in one place some of the best articles, reports, blogs, webinars, podcasts, etc., which can be useful for our readers. We have divided the resources under various themes for the convenience of our readers and social media...

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Locked into the kilns, brick by brick -Varsha Bhargavi Thousands of migrant workers from Odisha are stranded at Telangana's brick kilns – exploitative worksites made more difficult with the lockdown – and are running out of rations and desperate to return home “There is no lockdown inside the brick kiln. We have been working every day as usual,” said Hruday Parabhue, when we met him on April 5. “The only change is the weekly village market is closed, so we...

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