South India’s granite stone workers are vulnerable to debt bondage due to burden of huge advances

Excerpts from “The Dark Sites of Granite: Modern slavery, child labour and unsafe work in Indian granite quarries”, by Glocal Research (Hyderabad), India Committee of the Netherlands (Utrecht) and Stop Child Labour (The Hague): India is one of the top five producers of natural stone worldwide. Around 10% of the natural stone traded on the … More South India’s granite stone workers are vulnerable to debt bondage due to burden of huge advances

Allocate Rs 80,000 crore for MGNREGA to overcome monetary drought mounting every day

By NREGA Sangharsh Morcha As we await the budget allocations for FY 2018-19, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is facing another monetary drought with liabilities for wage and material payments mounting every day.  MGNREGA is a demand driven law, which means that money should be provided as per demand. However this is not happening. … More Allocate Rs 80,000 crore for MGNREGA to overcome monetary drought mounting every day

Unchahar explosion: Disheartening that names of many missing workers are not on official list

A fact-finding team of three people consisting Awadhesh Kumar of Srijan Lokhit Samiti, Rajesh Kumar and Monalisa Barman from the Delhi Support Group visited the Unchahar NTPC site, situated in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, on November 6, to inquire into the massive explosion on November 1, 2017 at the boiler of unit VI killing at least … More Unchahar explosion: Disheartening that names of many missing workers are not on official list

Govt of India committee on NREGA is perpetuating violation of the Minimum Wages Act

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha’s reaction to the main recommendation of the Nagesh Singh Committee on NREGA wage revision: At a meeting with Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development and other officials from the Ministry, NREGA Sangharsh Morcha has strongly objected to the recommendations of the Nagesh Singh (Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development) Committee on the question … More Govt of India committee on NREGA is perpetuating violation of the Minimum Wages Act

How govt has absolved itself of responsibility for causing delay in payment of MGNREGA wages

Excerpts from a Swaraj Abhiyan note on illegalities in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) because of inadequate efforts by Central and State Governments when country witnessed distress in rural areas caused by consecutive droughts: Despite repeated claims by the Finance Minister and the Rural Development Minister of adequately providing for MGNREGA, … More How govt has absolved itself of responsibility for causing delay in payment of MGNREGA wages

No proper consultations held before the framing of the Draft Labour Code on social security

By Ramapriya Gopalakrishnan* In March this year, the Ministry for Labour and Employment unveiled the third of its series of Labour Codes aimed at simplifying and rationalizing the labour laws. The Draft Labour Code on Social Security has been placed in the public domain and comments and suggestions have been invited in respect of its … More No proper consultations held before the framing of the Draft Labour Code on social security

Workers’ death in West Godavari industry: Civil society team had warned of high pollution levels

About 50 senior activists associated with the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), including Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh  (Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information), Prafulla Samantara (Lok Shakti Abhiyan), Lingraj Azad (Samajwadi Jan Parishad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti), Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava (People’s … More Workers’ death in West Godavari industry: Civil society team had warned of high pollution levels