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Darjeeling's tea-garden workers to get 20% bonus

-The Hindu The decision was taken during a tripartite meeting at Kolkata’s New Secretariat Building where representatives of the workers’ union and planters’ association met Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak. Kolkata: The West Bengal government and the Tea Planters’ Association of Darjeeling hills on Friday agreed to the demand of tea garden workers across 87 gardens in the Darjeeling hills for a 20% bonus. The decision was taken during a tripartite meeting at...

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For India Inc's sob story, Sitharaman has a sop story. But will it help? -Aunindyo Chakravarty

-TheWire.in Instead of giving freebies to the affluent, Sitharaman should have announced additional government spending in MNREGA and plans for filling vacancies in government jobs. After holding out for seven weeks, following her maiden budget, Nirmala Sitharaman finally blinked. For about a month now, pink papers and business-friendly pundits had been crying foul about India Inc’s shrinking sales. But, since you can’t sell a sob story about the rich, it was spun to...

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The price of a good cuppa -Soumitra Ghosh

-The Hindu The lives of tea-estate workers in West Bengal have worsened in many aspects over the years The tea plantation sector continues to play a significant role in the economy of north Bengal. There are 276 organised tea estates spread over the three tea-growing regions of West Bengal: Darjeeling Hills, Terai and Dooars. Besides the formally registered large tea plantations, there are thousands of small growers. According to one estimate, the...

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Crisis of Inequality Gripping India

-Newsclick.in The fourth edition of the India Exclusion Report comes down heavily on demonetisation and its impact on the poor. New Delhi: The fourth edition of the India Exclusion Report, released here on Tuesday,  points towards glaring inequalities gripping the nation and delves deeper into the identification of the sites of inequality. Releasing the report, Harsh Mander, Director of Center for Equity Studies, said, “each chapter in it is best seen as evidence-based...

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Think tank launches 'India Exclusion Report'

-IANS New Delhi: The Centre for Equity Studies on Tuesday released its annual report on exclusion of several sections of the society from mainstream and denial of public goods to them on the basis of their class or caste or ethnicity, otherwise ensured to every citizen by the Constitution. "These reports assemble evidence about the success of governments in India to ensure equitable access to what we call public goods to all...

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