Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
TopicSocial security

Topic: Social security

Labourers are backbone of a capitalist economy. India can’t leave them unattended in Covid

India’s working class, for whose betterment Ambedkar brought a series of legislation, is struggling to access social protection in the Covid crisis.

Under new labour code, an Uber driver can be both gig and platform worker. It’s a problem

It is a great initiative by the Modi govt, but there are issues of overlapping definitions & how to make registration accessible to as many workers as possible.

Social security soon for freelancers, Zomato-Swiggy delivery personnel, Ola-Uber cab drivers

Labour ministry accepts parliamentary panel’s recommendation to set up social security fund for gig and platform workers, to be paid for by aggregators.

Migrant workers, freelancers must be under social security net, Parliamentary panel suggests

The panel on labour also recommended that pension and healthcare needs of these workers should be provided from the social security fund. 

Directly employed, self-employed also ‘migrant workers’ under Modi govt’s new definition

Govt accepts Parliamentary panel suggestion to include workers with family income less than Rs 18,000/month, ‘so no one is left out of social security net’.

Modi govt looking to set up social security fund to support migrant workers

The government could also set up a special purpose vehicle to implement the fund, but there's no clarity yet on the size of the fund.

This 2008 law could have given migrants safety net for lockdown, but was never implemented

Officials claim the Unorganised Sector Workers’ Social Security Act had some flaws that hampered its implementation, but experts say successive govts slept on it.

Social security net could be Modi govt’s route to protect unorganised workers

The labour and finance ministries are working on the proposal, even as RSS’ labour wing BMS is asking govt to formulate a new national policy on labourers.

No matter how you look at it, India’s lockdown-2 can cost as many lives as it will save

In the kind of lockdown extension PM Modi has announced, the costs outweigh the benefits. And it could claim many more lives over time. Government must assure food and security.

On Camera

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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