A compilation of important labour developments from around the world.
Several villagers in three hamlets of rural Bundelkhand have claimed they are being denied wages for work done as long as a year ago.
Researchers and farmer groups have lauded the KCR government’s proposals, but grass-roots level workers have questioned their sustainability, calling for a more holistic and eco-friendly approach instead.
The apex court pointed out their negligence and lack of seriousness about appointing members of the food commission and ordered speedy action on the matter.
NE Dispatch: Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim Top MNREGA Ranking; Meghalaya MPs Write to Modi Over Missionaries’ Visas
A roundup of news this week from the northeast.
So far, erratic and anecdotal research has informed the Aadhar debate. As a result, a number of concerns have remained insufficiently analysed.
Chief secretaries of ten drought affected states have been asked to explain the steps taken for setting up of food commissions and implementation of the National Food Security Act.
By making “insidious” changes to the system, the rural development ministry is trying to curb workers’ rights, says People’s Action for Employment Guarantee.
MNREGA acts as a safety net not only against extreme poverty but also against the exploitation of workers.
Not only has the Budget failed to include measures to fix the damage caused by demonetisation, it also hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunities created.
A programme to ‘recharge’ springs has ensured that parts of the state now get water all year round.
Expenditure announced does not seem to have any connection to what has worked (or not) in the past.
Two supplementary MNREGA allocations were made by the government last year. This means, there’s only a 1%, not 25%, actual increase in this year’s Budget.
Universalising pensions and maternity benefits is a rare case of consensus between the government, economists favouring basic income and civil society groups.
By centralising the control of funds, using technology excessively and fixing asset creation targets, the Centre has effectively taken ownership of the scheme away from gram panchayats and workers in Jharkhand.
Chinese troops took positions on the perceived Line of Actual Control and demanded that canal work in in Demchok sector – located 250 km east of Leh –be stopped as either side needs to take permission before undertaking any work.
Nitin Sethi responds to the rural development ministry’s defence to reports that it used a WhatsApp group to tell states to stop creating MGNREGA work.
Besides their crops being destroyed by the rains, the houses of several villagers have also collapsed.
Civil society bodies say the state has exaggerated data on the scheme, which suffers from large-scale delays in wage payments.
India’s sophisticated laws and progressive policies fail with startling regularity. A new study locates a possible reason as to why in the convoluted bureaucratic system of the Indian state and its obsession with paper.
The governments need to realise their obligation towards the marginalised and cannot wait for the courts to remind them of their duties.
Narendra Modi should have shown more sensitivity by announcing that the Centre would not celebrate the achievements of the government until the condition of the 350 million people affected by the drought improved.
“We hope that the honourable Supreme Court’s MGNREGA order will be duly obeyed and will result in immediate and appropriate action,” the activists said.
The Centre says modest numbers make it easier to realign during drought-like situation; intent is to provide work to every household that demands it
When entitlements are denied or reduced, we instinctively turn to the constitution but the constitution itself is wide open to interpretation as per the ideological orientations and personal beliefs of those in power.
The questions and criticism of the Aadhaar initiative are often generated from an inadequate understanding of the programme, say two UIDAI team members.
Arun Jaitley’s Budget was high of rhetoric, but this doesn’t quite add up to a clear vision and narrative for social policy.
The state and central governments are likely to increase the focus on agriculture in their budgets. But the question remains: when will farmers receive the benefits of all these plans and programmes, and more importantly, how will they overcome the present crisis?
The agricultural sector has been neglected when in fact it has the potential to reboot the economy. Arun Jaitley’s focus should therefore be on revitalising agriculture. Budget 2016 provides the opportunity to do this.