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Sameer Wani, a local contractor in Eidgah, with a group of migrant workers he brought to Kashmir | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘How can we leave them?’ — Kashmiris step up to protect migrants, build safehouses, cook food

Migrant workers in Kashmir have been scared since a wave of terrorist violence left 11 civilians dead this month. But Kashmiris say they will do what it takes to protect them, cite 'the guilt of 90s'.
Security personnel in Srinagar, October 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Minorities leaving in fear. A silent Modi govt and Naya Kashmir promises not helping

Us-vs-them rift is deepening in Kashmir. But be it Army personnel killed or civilians or migrant workers, outrage is always selective.
Migrants arriving at Bhopal's Habibganj station to board a train to Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh on 17 May (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Rs 2L accident cover, link to schemes — what new govt portal offers unorganised sector workers

New Delhi: Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav Thursday launched the much-awaited national database of unorganised workers, e-SHRAM. An online portal, e-SHRAM will have details of over 38 crore informal sector employees, including migrant workers, in a consolidated and comprehensive form. While launching the portal, Yadav said this will be the first-ever national database of unorganised workers in India. “Through the portal, the government will now start registering the over 38 crore unorganised sector workers, including construction workers, migrant workers, street vendors, domestic workers, among others. Registering on the portal will also entitle the unorganised worker to a one-year accidental coverage of Rs 2 lakhs,” Yadav said at the launch, calling it a "historic step". The database is expected to go a long way in ensuring that unorganised sector workers, especially migrant workers, do not suffer like they did last year following the nationwide lockdown when many lost their livelihood and had to...
Factories in Tiruppur are slowly beginning to fill up, as migrant workers return after the second Covid wave | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

After big losses, TN garment hub’s message to govt is clear: Migrants must stop migrating

Ahead of Stalin govt's first budget, president of Tiruppur Exporters Association wants special aid to end migrant workers’ desperate return home — build them homes here.

Singapore defends employing workers from India & other countries as opposition seeks limits

Free trade agreements are a keystone for the economy and responsible for creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in an address in parliament Tuesday.
File photo of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC directs states, UTs to implement ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme by 31 July

The court also directed the Centre to keep allocating food grains to the states, UTs for distribution among migrant workers for free till the pandemic situation exists.

SubscriberWrites: My experience on a national highway in 2020 — police checked migrants but didn’t help them

As Tapas Basu drove along NH2 to Durgapur, he saw migrants trudging home and police behaviour that shocked him.
A file photo of migrant workers who gathered at Payippad in Kottayam to demand travel arrangements for their home states amid a nationwide lockdown. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt needs 3-4 months to roll out database of migrant labour, SC asks why the delay

A comprehensive database of workers employed in unorganised sector was announced in the aftermath of the migrants' crisis last year and was supposed to be completed by June 2021.
File photo | The seven Bihari workers who made their way from Ghaziabad to Bihar on cycles during the 2020 lockdown | Vinod Kapri | HarperCollins

If police won’t let us go by road, we’ll get into river — Journey of 7 Bihari migrant workers

In ‘1232 km’, National Award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri writes about accompanying 7 workers for 7 days and nights as they cycled back home during the 2020 lockdown.
The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint file photo

Registration process of migrant workers too slow, needs to be expedited, says Supreme Court

Stressing the need to register migrant workers, the apex court said the benefits of schemes during the pandemic can be extended to them after they are identified by authorities.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.