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Covid-19 lockdowns return, with a change: migrants are now mostly single, male -Karishma Mehrotra

-The Indian Express While there is no such official nationwide data, experts note that the Migration back to workplaces since the end of the first lockdown has been increasingly single, male Migration, leaving families behind. Ranchi: In February this year, Md Shabbir Ansari travelled with his family back home to Giridih, Jharkhand, and after dropping them, returned to Delhi to look for work. Fired from his job repairing cars in Ghaziabad, Ansari...

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An effective migrant labour policy must consider where existing labour laws fail -Priya Deshingkar

-The Indian Express Niti Aayog’s draft policy is a good start which could, with a few adjustments, reduce the vulnerability and risks faced by labour migrants and ultimately build a more sustainable model of development. The Niti Aayog’s draft Migrant Labour Policy is a clear statement of intent to better recognise migrants’ contribution to the economy and support them in their endeavours. It puts forward several radical ideas, including the adoption of...

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Industry hit in Kerala as workers from West Bengal, Assam leave for voting -MP Praveen

-The Hindu Labourers from West Bengal, Assam have gone home to exercise their franchise Kochi: Kabir Ahmad (name changed), a migrant worker in Perumbavoor, had to spend a small fortune on a flight ticket to return home to Hojai district of Assam last month following his parents’ anguished plea to get back in time for voting. Their desperation was borne out of the perceived danger posed to the community by the National...

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How updated land records can help revive rural economy -Prerna Prabhakar

-The Indian Express With livelihoods affected during the pandemic, the importance of land ownership for access to formal loans as well as government relief programmes became more evident. But the relatively poor availability of clear and updated land titles remains a hurdle. For a significant section of the rural poor, land is both an asset and a source of livelihood. Many informal jobs in the urban centres were lost as the economy...

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India moves to deport 14-year-old Rohingya girl but Myanmar refuses

-Scroll.in The teenager had requested to be sent to Bangladesh instead of Myanmar as her parents lived there. Myanmar on Thursday refused to allow entry to a 14-year-old Rohingya girl who was taken to a border town for deportation by Indian authorities, citing inappropriate circumstances, the Hindustan Times reported. Had the process been completed, the girl would have been the first Rohingya national to be deported after the Myanmar military staged a coup...

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