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Centre rethinks plan to widen EPF coverage -Somesh Jha

-The Hindu Industry had opposed the move as it may hurt small factories financially New Delhi: The centre is reconsidering a plan to widen the social security net for workers by bringing more factories under the provident fund coverage. The Cabinet Secretariat has pointed out a few contradictions in the Labour Ministry’s proposal to amend the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act of 1952, senior labour ministry officials said. The Labour Ministry had...

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Floors Wet With Sweat -Pragya Singh

-Outlook Labour is bought cheap, treated cheap-in India's garment factories as at Bangladeshi ones Even as the world remains morbidly fixated on the tragedy in Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Dhaka-the collapse of the textiles sweatshop three weeks ago buried 1,127 workers and sparked off a global outrage-it is business as usual at India's textile hubs. And you don't have to travel far from the city centre to...

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Universities to start community colleges for unskilled workers

Universities to provide infrastructure Courses will meet needs of specific communities CHENNAI: At least ten community colleges will be started by each university to provide vocational training to unskilled workers by September 1, a meeting chaired by Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy decided on Wednesday. A. Ramasamy, Vice-Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE), said universities would provide infrastructure and faculty support, while the Directorate of Technical Education would provide the...

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