livelihoods
100 ARTICLES
THE COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary: The scramble
THE COVID LOCKDOWN : Pandemic diary: The scramble

The suddenness of the lockdown left poor people unable to prepare themselves. To survive, they had to leave their homes in search of support, making them vulnerable to more than the virus.

#Public Health #Urban Poor #Poverty
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS
Vulnerable to more than the virus
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS : Vulnerable to more than the virus

The Working Peoples' Charter on Coronavirus Crisis in India lists a number of steps necessary to ensure that the likely disruption to the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people is thoughtfully addressed.

#Labour Issues #Economy #Health
SOCIAL SECURITY
Will the SS Code ensure universal social security?

The government proposes to replace a number of laws protecting the social security of workers with a single Code. But could its vast scope itself make it vulnerable to the details in fine print?

#Labour Issues #Human Rights
UNORGANISED LABOUR
An endless wait for social security

The finance minister’s dream of extending social security cover to all unorganised workers in the country is a lofty one undoubtedly, but Kathyayini Chamaraj identifies the many gaps in the existing law that need to be addressed for that dream to be realised.

#Labour Issues #Human Rights
SKILL DEVELOPMENT – II
The skills journey: A long history but no destination in sight

In the second and concluding part of his exposition on India’s skill development efforts, Shambhu Ghatak traces the journey under the UPA and NDA governments, only to find that while the thrust remains the same, the end is far from sight.

#Economy #Education
SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The gap between where we are and where we want to be

The Skill India Mission aims to provide skills training to around 402 million people by the year 2022. In the first of a two-part series, Shambhu Ghatak upholds estimates of skilled workforce from various reports to highlight the yawning gap that needs to be bridged.

#Economy #Education
DOMESTIC WORKERS
Can we do something for those we cannot do without?

In an upper to middle income household a domestic help and her services are indispensable. Yet, she is not given the diginity, living wages and other benefits one gets in the organised sector. Pushpa Achanta talks to the activists working for the domestic workers' rights to find out more.

#Urban Poor #Society
RIVER POLLUTION AND LIVELIHOODS
In Vapi, can decades of damage be finally turned around?

Rapid industrial growth brought wealth but also unchecked pollution to the town of Vapi. It impacted the local fishing communities by destroying their livelihoods. Manisha Goswami and Bharat Patel report on the decades of damage caused by the chemical industries in the area.

#Environment #GUJARAT
RURAL INDIA
The case of sustainable poverty in rural India

In what appears to be a damning indictment of the Five Year Plans, launched in 1951, as well as the economic reforms process that began in 1991, the first ever socio-economic survey has painted a dismal picture of rural India, says Devinder Sharma.

#Devinder Sharma #OP-ED #Poverty
TRIBAL WELFARE
All good, but only on paper
TRIBAL WELFARE : All good, but only on paper

An apparently well-intended plan to help very poor tribes in Madhya Pradesh find sustainable livelihoods bears no relation to the reality of how it is actually implemented. Money is simply distributed and disappears, but things remain unchanged. Susmita Guru reports.

#Adivasis #Poverty #MADHYA PRADESH
E-FLOWS REPORT
Keep our rivers flowing!
E-FLOWS REPORT : Keep our rivers flowing!

A report from the water resources ministry underlines, for the first time, the importance of ‘e-flows’ in river basin planning, so that our rivers are able to carry out all the functions needed to sustain entire riparian systems. Shripad Dharmadhikary discusses the key points in the report.

#Environment
THE DONGRIA KONDH HABITAT
Securing tribal rights means understanding them first

A letter from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs urges states to recognise the habitat rights of vulnerable tribal groups under the FRA. Meenal Tatpati, Rashi Misra and Subrat Kumar Nayak analyse the Dongria Kondh experience to underline what’s necessary to do so effectively.

#Forests #Adivasis #Human Rights
STREET VENDORS
A futile struggle for the right to trade

Legislation for street vendors mandates registration of all vendors and allocation of spaces for them by the state in designated zones. Navya P K’s interaction with street vendors in Delhi reveals a reality that is in stark contrast to what the law holds.

#Trade #Laws #DELHI
GROWTH VERSUS IDENTITY
Why the Dongria Kondh rejected development in the Niyamgiri Hills

The 2013 rejection of the bauxite mining plan in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills by the local tribal gram sabhas is hailed as the first successful environmental referendum in the country. Meenal Tatpati and Rashi Misra visit the region to find out what led the people to oppose the proposed ‘development’.

#Forests #Mining #Adivasis #Human Rights
RURAL WAGES
Skills-building an imperative for rural India too and here’s why!

A recent report from the labour ministry reveals that skill-intensive occupations such as plumbing and carpentry pay more in rural India. Shambhu Ghatak looks at the data closely to argue for greater thrust on imparting skills, especially to rural women.

#Agriculture #Labour Issues #Economy #Work+Life

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