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Odisha Migrant Workers Return To Gruelling Shifts, Poor Wages -Sunaina Kumar

-IndiaSpend.com New Delhi: In mid-October, machinist Bipin Ramesh Sahu, 38, was flown back to Surat from his southern Odisha village by his former employer, a textile mill owner. Sahu, among the 6.7 million migrant workers to lose their jobs and return home during the lockdown in India, assumed that his employer’s eagerness to re-employ him meant better living and working conditions in Surat--more humane shifts, safety gear, wage cheques instead of...

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Gujarat: No mobile tower, drinking water, electricity supply; villagers boycott bypolls in Kaprada, Morbi -Kamaal Saiyed and Gopal Kateshiya

-The Indian Express Twenty-six villages in Pardi taluka fall under the Kaprada Assembly seat. Tarmaliya, with around 700 voters, is located in the most interior parts of the constituency. Rajkot, Surat: AROUND 40 students at Tarmaliya village in Pardi taluka of Valsad district, which falls in Kaprada Assembly constituency, boycotted the by-elections Tuesday for want of a mobile tower. In the absence of a mobile tower, the students claimed, they had to...

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Why India’s migrant workers are returning to the cities they fled during the Covid-19 lockdown -Vikas Kumar

-Scroll.in A large section of migrant workers surveyed who want to return have a single earning member, with family sizes ranging from four to eight dependents. “I was very scared. What kind of a disease is this? How will I manage with my small children here? Whatever happens I will never return to Surat again.” Durgabai, an Adivasi woman migrant worker from Udaipur, Rajasthan, was recalling her horrendous experience during the Covid-19 lockdown...

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Charged In Lockdown Riot Cases, Migrant Workers Afraid To Return To Gujarat -Parth MN

-IndiaSpend.com Mumbai: This is not the first time Sandeep Srivastava, 21, is preparing to leave his home in southwestern Uttar Pradesh for work. This time, however, his family is tense: The previous time he had migrated for a job, he had ended up in jail. “They are reluctant to let me go. They are scared for my safety,” said Srivastava who belongs to Chauth village in Jalaun district. He was among 25...

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Gujarat: Of Death Knells and Suicide in Surat’s Diamond Industry -Damayantee Dhar

-Newsclick.in The financial crisis in the diamond industry in Surat has claimed the lives of 16 workers who have died by suicide. Earlier this month, an association president ended his life as well. Darshanbhai Rameshbhai Chaudhary, a diamond polisher by profession, had not had a job for four months. Day after day, he would stand at the diamond polishing hub in the Varacha area of Surat in the hope of being hired...

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