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53 thousand casual jobs lost in Jan-Mar, overall employment up by 1.85 lakh

-PTI New Delhi: Casual workers remained the most affected post-demonetisation, with as many as 53 thousand workers losing their jobs in 8 select sector during the first three months of 2017, according to a Labour Bureau survey. However, the overall jobs situation improved in sectors like manufacturing and IT as employment increased by 1.85 lakh during the January–March period across eight sectors at all India level. “There was a positive change of...

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It's time to give priority to women's work participation

MG Road is seldom considered as a safe place for working women who travel for work to either Gurgaon or Delhi. Almost everyday untoward incidents related to molestation, sexual harassment, kidnapping or rape that occur here are reported in various NCR-based newspapers. Clearly, safety of women office-goers and Female Workers is one of the major determinants of their (low) labour force participation, even in urban locations like Gurgaon or Delhi....

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Cash drought shadow: Distress sale of paddy -Hemant Kumar Rout

-The New Indian Express BHUBANESWAR: Gopal Krushna Panda was happy to hear the announcement on demonetisation of higher currency notes with a hope that the black money will be wiped out. But his happiness was short-lived as the currency crisis gripped the nation. A native of Gopalpur village in Balasore district, Panda requires at least Rs 40,000 to harvest paddy from his 10 acres of agricultural field. While the paddy has already...

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Women’s ownership of land in rural areas can help cut poverty -Kritika Singh

-Livemint.com Increasing women’s ownership of land in rural areas can help cut poverty and boost agricultural output in a country like India where dependence on agriculture is high New Delhi: Increasing women’s ownership of land in rural areas can help cut poverty and boost agricultural output in a country like India where dependence on agriculture is high. Women constitute 30.3% of the total number of cultivators and 42.6% of the agricultural labourers...

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For women, India’s workfare programme works -Chandrahas Choudhury

-Livemint.com/ Bloomberg Corruption being rife though, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has boosted agricultural wages and rural-labour market Over the last 10 years in India, perhaps no other law has sparked such sustained debate as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), universally known as ‘Narega.’ Passed by the previous Congress government in February 2006 and upheld by the Narendra Modi administration, it’s given rise to the...

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