MNREGA Being Turned into ‘A Guaranteed Uncertainty’

“THESE schemes are making the labourers lazier. Hence, they don’t heed anyone. They are just impossible”.

These are the regular comments heard with respect to the labourers in our day-to-day lives. Going another step ahead are some who question the very scheme and strongly advocate for the removal of these schemes. These remarks are very often heard about the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The rural rich also express their disapproval of the scheme, while others feel it will help the rural poor.

Urban in the Budget, even Rhetoric Missing

THE budget for the year 2021-22 was placed in the background of the ravaging pandemic and with a hope that the urban centres, which saw the worst kind of forced-reverse migration in recent times would be addressed holistically. The budget speech began with the recognition of the crisis that the pandemic has brought to the nation and its people, the finance minister whilst recognizing the role played by essential workers offer very little to them in return.

AIAWU decides to Intensify the Struggle Against Farm Laws

THE meeting of the general council was held on February 1-2, 2021 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The meeting was attended by 97 members and was presided over by Amiya Patra.

Meeting discussed in detail the organisational issues and finalised its membership which is 70,87,499. The states of Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura and Punjab have increased their membership. Membership of West Bengal is increased by more than three lakhs.

Modi’s Parliament Speech: Insidious Insinuations against Struggling Kisans

IN an hour and a half long speech, replying to motion of thanks to the president’s address to the joint session of parliament, PM Modi spent most of the time patting himself and his government on the back hailing the president’s address. The fact of the matter is that this speech is prepared by the union cabinet, presided by the PM, which the president reads out. Modi was, therefore, complementing himself for the speech that was written by the cabinet.

Subverting Law and Justice: Amit Shah Rules the Roost

PRIME Minster Modi in his first post Republic Day Mann Ki Baat, lamented that ‘insult to the National Tri Colour hurts’! Its sounds ironical because, he has in the past, several times mentioned that he is a proud Swayam Sevak of the RSS, an organisation which refused to hoist the national flag atop its headquarters in Nagpur for many years after independence. The mouthpiece of the Sangh had vigorously criticised the adoption of the tri-colour as the national flag in its mouthpiece Organiser.

Occupational Safety Code Rules Ignore Workers, Serve Interests of Employers

THE Ministry of Labour and Employment has notified draft rules under the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSHWC) Code on November 19, 2020, inviting objections and suggestions, if any, from the public. Accordingly, the CITU submitted its objections within the stipulated time debunking the draft rules in totality. The OSHWC Code will subsume 13 related laws, with a false claim of accommodating the provisions of those repealed acts in it.

Kerala: Preparing the State’s Economy for the ‘New Normal’ Post Pandemic

THE ways we live our lives are changing drastically because of the pandemic, environmental disasters, and the global economic crisis. Whether we like it or not, almost all spheres of life are witnessing the emergence of a new normal. A return to the old normal is ruled out. The Kerala budget for 2021-22 is a brave effort to take on the challenges of the post-pandemic order. Notably, the budget is well informed by a thorough understanding of the pattern of changes occurring in different spheres of life.

Central Vista: Justice Undone

THE protest at Capitol building in Washington on January 6 was unequivocally condemned worldwide. Apart from the general feeling which many of us had to this protest/ attack, I was also intrigued to know- “How old is the building?” The same building which was targeted by the Trump supporters.  This Capitol building was made operational in 1800 after seven years of construction work and continues to stand tall and serve its purpose. So, it is almost 220 years old.


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