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Better to leave now: Migrant workers in Delhi, Mumbai head home amid fear of lockdown Several migrant workers in Delhi and Mumbai were seen heading to their home states amid fear of another lockdown, as Covid-19 cases witness a steep rise in the country. As India witnesses a resurgence in Covid 19 cases, it is the migrant workers who are staring at an uncertain future with several states announcing night curfews and weekend lockdowns. In Delhi, many migrant workers were seen leaving for their home states from...

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India’s migrant workers need better policies -Ravi Srivastava

-The Indian Express NITI Aayog’s draft report is well-intentioned. But its failure to address the policy distortions at the root of migrant workers’ issues cannot be overlooked The lockdown-induced suffering of millions of migrants raised awareness regarding their magnitude, vulnerability, and role in the economy. It also led to a flurry of measures by the central and state governments. It is now encouraging that the Niti Aayog, on the request of the...

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MGNREGA emerges as important source of employment during pandemic -Ravi S Singh

-The Tribune Under the programme, 344 crore person-days employment generated so far this financial year; 1.69 crore new job cards New Delhi: The flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) emerged as a crucial source of employment to wage seekers in the country, especially the returnee Migrant Labourers, during the Covid-induced national lockdown. The highest ever 344 crore person-days employment has been generated so far this financial year (2020-21). It is...

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Children of Migrant Labourers in Odisha face an uncertain future -Satyasundar Barik

-The Hindu COVID-19 forced many to discontinue studies and join their labouring parents. BHUBANESWAR: Unlike his three siblings, Arjun Naik, 11, had never stayed in a dingy room near a brick kiln along with his parents. All these years, he was a student at a residential school run by the Odisha government. His classmate, Somu Naik, was put up in such accommodation for months. It was not a pleasant experience. Almost a year...

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No better scheme than NREGS for sustainable livelihood of unskilled workers: House panel

-The Telegraph The committee said, “The absence of reliable and authentic data/information on the numbers of migrant workforce and their movement back to their home States following the outbreak of the Pandemic has apparently impacted the relief and rehabilitation measures.” Commending the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, a parliamentary standing committee has said that there is no “better scheme” to provide “sustainable livelihood” to unskilled workers. The Standing Committee on Labour, headed by...

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