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Sonia Gandhi asks Cong.-ruled States to bring in their own farm laws

-The Hindu This will alleviate farmers from grave injustice done by Modi govt, says statement. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has directed Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Pudducherry Chief Ministers to explore the possibility of passing laws to override the three agricultural laws passed recently by Parliament. A statement issued by party general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal said that these States have been told to pass laws under Article 254 (2) of the Constitution that...

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No Data On Migrant Deaths, So No Compensation, Says Government: 10 Points -Sunil Prabhu

-NDTV Parliament Session: The ministry, however, admitted that more than 1 crore migrants made their way back to their home states from various corners of the country. New Delhi: There is no data on migrant deaths so the "question does not arise" of compensation, the Union labour ministry said in parliament on Monday to a question on whether families of those who had lost their lives while trying to reach home in...

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Large sections of poor are unlikely to benefit from extension of food grains scheme -Swati Narayan

-The Indian Express Expansion and universalisation of the PDS, pensions, cash grants and employment guarantee schemes in both urban and rural areas are essential to tide through these difficult times. The Prime Minister’s extension of free food grains for 800 million Indians till November is undoubtedly a relief. The granaries of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) are overflowing with more than 100 million tonnes of food grains. But the economy has,...

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Modi government should embrace NREGA without trying to defend the indefensible -Debmalya Nandy & Rajendran Narayanan

-Scroll.in The government subjected the rural job scheme to systemic shocks but must now scale it up to 200 days of work to combat lockdown losses. The impact of the Modi government’s unilateral decision to impose a two-month-long nationwide lockdown has amplified the crisis faced by India’s 50-crore strong unorganised workforce. A potent option at present to cushion some of the blow is the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The law, which was...

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Demand versus reality: A sorry state of affairs under MGNREGA in a Covid-19 year

-Business Standard Instead of the promised 100 days of work, average work provided stood just shy of one-fifth of it in this financial year till June 9 Generating 100 days of work, guaranteed under MGNREGA for each household, has been a far cry so far even as there is demand for increasing the promised work days. Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently criticised the Modi government for not paying heed to the demand of...

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