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The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Illegal to increase factory work hours from 8 to 12 — parliamentary panel to labour ministry

Members of the panel on labour, which met Monday, also said there should be a social security number for all migrants so that they can register in the proposed national portal.
A file photo of migrant workers cycling to Chhattisgarh from Prayagraj during the lockdown. | Photo: ANI

Skill mapping, MoUs, changes in labour laws — how Chhattisgarh plans to employ 7 lakh migrants

Chhattisgarh is working on a plan to provide permanent jobs to about 7 lakh migrant labourers. It has completed skill mapping of 2.5 lakh of these.
Car manufacturing plant

Ease of doing business? India still has 1,536 Acts, 69,233 compliances for firms to follow

Analysis by TeamLease Compliance shows compliance burden remained onerous for firms in India. Govt says it has taken many steps but agrees more needs to be done.
A worker wearing a protective mask operates a tape cutting machine at a factory in Haryana on 20 April | Bloomberg Photo

How Indian factories are trying to overcome labour shortages as economy reopens

Some companies are promising free travel tickets, housing & food to draw workers to urban areas, others are hiring new faces from nearby locations.
A group of migrant workers travelling in a truck on the Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway | File photo | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

This 1979 inter-state workmen law could help avert migrant crisis if enforced strictly

The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979, was framed to prevent the exploitation of migrants.
A manufacturing plants for trains | Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

States are going ahead with labour reforms, even if Modi govt is finding it hard to do so

The labour ministry has told a parliamentary panel that over 10 states have reformed some labour laws over the last year or more. A dozen more are considering them.
Despite global economic tensions, India set to witness continuous economic growth | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why R Jagannathan wants Gandhian economic model, Arvind Panagariya says trade will recover

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from Uday Balakrishnan, Satish Deshpande, Rajeev Bhargava & more.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India’s Supreme Court has a class bias and it takes whatever the govt says at face value

Judges insist that the terrible ADM Jabalpur judgment has been 'buried ten fathoms deep', but Supreme Court's actions during lockdown suggest its spirit is still strong.
Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog | Twitter/@RajivKumar1

Reforms don’t mean complete abolition of labour laws: Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar

As concerns were raised over changes in labour laws in various states, Kumar said the central government was committed to protecting the interests of workers.

‘Storm rips what lockdown didn’t’ — Telegraph on Amphan, Mirror on migrants taking Covid home

A round-up of the most important reports in major newspapers around the country – from TOI and HT, Express and The Hindu to The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror and The Tribune, as well as top financial dailies.

On Camera

Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.