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Pan-India wage plan

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Union cabinet today cleared a plan to introduce a pan-India minimum wage that will cover all sectors of the economy. The Labour Code on Wages Bill seeks to empower the Centre to fix a universal minimum wage for workers across the country. The new law is expected to benefit over 4 crore employees across the country. The Code will consolidate four different wage-related laws: the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Paym

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At employment exchanges, rise in applications but less than 1% get jobs -Sunny Verma & Sandeep Singh

rtal. The portal also facilitates organisation of job fairs where both employers and job-seekers can interact. Most of the placements through the exchanges are in the private sector, according to the Labour Ministry’s annual report. The data compiled by the Ministry of Labour and Employment is available from 2012 and updated till September 2015. While Gujarat comes on top in terms of providing p

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Incomes zoom, but jobs stagnate in informal sector -Subodh Varma

-The Times of India About a quarter of India's Labour force, some 11 crore people, work in non-farm enterprises that can broadly be described as the unorganised sector. Of these 6.3 crore enterprises, none are covered under the Companies Act or Factories Act. In fact, more than two thirds are unregistered. These are not some fly by night vendors — 82% operate from homes or permanent structures outside homes, 98% are open through the year

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'Minimum' govt to offer 400 new jobs -Charu Sudan Kasturi

jobs that the passport offices are offering include 300 for the post of data-entry operators and 100 for office assistants. Their number, 400, is no more than a tiny drop in the ocean that is India's Labour market. But the offer of jobs - even from an administration that had promised to streamline government - marks a rare, even if miniscule, sparkle in contrast to the employment churn India is witnessing. India's information technology giants - th

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Think beyond loan waivers -Ramesh Chand & SK Srivastava

ero income from such sources. Increasing debt burden Modern agriculture requires investment in farm machinery and use of purchased inputs like seed, fertiliser, agri-chemicals, diesel and hired Labour. Most often, savings generated from unremunerative crop enterprise are inadequate for such investments. Rising expenses on health, education, social ceremonies and non-food items put additional financial demand on farm families. Consequently, major

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A new movement is born -Yogendra Yadav

better-off farmers, who faced marginalisation in modern, industrial economy. The struggle was waged principally on the issue of remunerative prices. On a parallel track were the struggles of landless Labourers, led mostly by Naxalites, against oppression by big landlords. The third generation of farmer activists faces a new context. In the last generation, landholdings have fragmented. The farming sector, as a whole, has faced pauperisation. Farmi

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Domestic workers need a law to safeguard their rights

counter allegations of her ill-treatment are the latest in a long list of incidents involving domestic workers and questions of the rights of such workers. According to estimates by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there are at least four million domestic servants in India. Most of them are migrants, women, many are minors, and belong to the lowest end of the economic spectrum. This makes them easy to replace, and easier still to exploit.

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Tamil Nadu stops free goat distribution due to drought -Dharani Thangavelu

-Livemint.com With Tamil Nadu govt temporarily suspending the free goat distribution scheme, the beneficiaries—landless agricultural Labourers—will be hugely affected Chennai: A Tamil Nadu government scheme for free distribution of milch cows and goats to the poorest in rural areas has been temporarily halted as the state faces its worst drought in 140 years. The scheme will be resumed after the state receives adequate rainfall,

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1.5 Million Jobs Lost During First Four Months of 2017, Says CMIE

a number of confounding factors when trying to assess the impact of demonetisation on job creation and unemployment. Firstly, India’s unemployment rates (the ratio of unemployed to the total Labour force) dropped in January-April 2017. As CMIE points out:     The unemployment rate during September-December 2016 was 6.8% (29.6 million unemployed out of a Labour force of 436 million

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