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Exposing the BJP’s ploy to deny Anganwadi workers/ helpers their due

 

Reading the judgment of the Supreme Court

 

Hunger feels like pincers, like the bite of crabs;

it burns, burns, and has no fur.

Let us sit down soon to eat with all those who haven't eaten;

let us spread great tablecloths, put salt in lakes of the world,

set up planetary bakeries, tables with strawberries in snow,

and a plate like the moon itself from which we can all eat.

Inflation and Corporate Takeover : An Unfolding Tragedy

In a video, a man walks into a vegetable shop for lemons. He pays 5 rupees for the lemon and presents a small glass. The vendor takes out a syringe, inserts it into the lemon. He pulls out 10 ml of lemon juice using the syringe and gives it to the customer. This video is a comedy sketch, which is going viral on social media. But underneath this comedy video lies a great tragedy unfolding in India.   

The Enduring Legacy of the May Day

The First May Day

In the late nineteenth century, the working classes were in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour workday. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10-to-16-hours a day in unsafe conditions and in heavily underpaid jobs. Death and injury were commonplace at many workplaces. As early as the 1860’s, working people started agitating to shorten the workday without a cut in pay. This movement started in Australia, and gradually spread elsewhere.

e-SHRAM portal: Dismantling Workers’ Welfare and Boards

In the early months of 2020, when the Modi government announced a national lockdown with no preparation whatsoever, thousands of migrant workers were forced to walk hundreds of kilometres to their homes in desperation. When the government was subsequently asked details of these workers, it claimed to have no information. The outrage generated by this callous response led the Modi government to announce the formation of the E-shram portal, officially a database of unorganised workers in India.

Strike by Frontline Workers at Victoria Hospital, Bengaluru

Frontline workers employed in Victoria hospital as housekeeping staff, ward attenders, lift operators, Data entry operators and security, have not been paid their wages for October 2021. Victoria Hospital was a dedicated COVID-19 facility, and these workers worked throughout the first and second wave of COVID-19.  The wages for the month of September had also been delayed and was only paid on 31st October.

Redressing Grievances of Workers New Mechanisms under the Industrial Relations Code

In this series, various changes sought to be brought in by the proposed labour codes are being discussed. It comes as no surprise that the Codes, brought in clearly show the corporate nature of the state. While issues such as the overbroad exemptions, the excessive delegation and the definitional changes have been discussed previously, this note considers the changing face of the grievance redressal machinery in the Industrial Relations (IR) Code.

Say a Loud No to Bank Privatisation

The winter session of parliament is beginning on November 29. This session is likely to take up the key financial issue of privatisation of banks. During 2021-22 budget, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the privatisation of two nationalised banks and one general insurance company. Accordingly, the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, was passed in the monsoon session, though the particular insurance company to be privatised had not been identified.

Falling Farm Income under Modi’s Rule

Narendra Modi and the BJP came to power with a promise that they would double farmers' income by 2022. A committee was constituted in April 2016 to examine issues relating to the doubling of farmers' income. The Committee submitted its report to the government in September 2018 with the aim and strategy for doubling the income of farmers by 2022. The Committee further recommended that farm income has to grow at 10.4 per cent, at constant base-year prices, to achieve the goal.