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posted Aug 1, 2018, 8:44 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 1, 2018, 8:44 AM ]

New Delhi
Domestic workers intensify campaign for law

Domestic workers have intensified their campaign for a law to ensure their rights amid government efforts to replace several labour laws with four new Central Codes.

Hundreds of domestic workers are expected to attend a national rally that National Platform of Domestic Workers plans to organise on Aug. 2 in New Delhi. Representatives plan to present a petition to Union Labour Minister as well as to the Petitions Committee of the Lok Sabha seeking to end efforts to make Central Codes replacing several labour laws.

India plans to introduce four new Labour Codes aiming to reform and streamline labour laws. The four codes are to replace 38 existing laws achieved thorough years of struggle by the working class. The planned four new central codes are Industrial Relations Code, Code on Wages, the Social Security Code and Code on Occupational Safety and Health and Working conditions.


40L in Assam labelled 'illegals' in massive SC-monitored drive

After a massive Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify illegal migrants living in Assam, the Registrar General of India (RGI) adjudged on July 30 that 40 lakh people in the state are not Indians, and hence ineligible to be included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). The finding sparked off a political confrontation between the BJP and its opponents, and could also trigger ethnic and communal tensions.

Altogether, 3.29 crore residents of Assam had applied for their inclusion in the NRC, which the RGI had begun to update in 2010 to detect and deport illegal migrants—mainly from Bangladesh. Only 2.89 crore have made the draft NRC. The RGI has given one more chance to those who couldn't make it to the NRC to prove their citizenship. They will have to file claims between August 30 and September 28. The fundamental rights and privileges they enjoy as Indians will remain unchanged till the NRC update on December 31. The RGI said the EC would decide on voting rights.

RGI Sailesh said, "This is a draft; we'll wait for the final one." On the voting rights of these 40 lakh people, he said, "This is a subject matter of the Election Commission, and I am not the competent authority to comment on it."

The RGI added, "There could be several reasons why these people could not substantiate their claims."

Speaking on similar lines, MHA joint secretary (northeast) Satyendra Garg added, "No punitive action will be taken against them. We will wait for final NRC."

Of the 40 lakh people who did not make it to the NRC, 2.48 lakh had already been marked as doubtful or 'D' voters by the Election Commission. About 1.5 lakh names, which could not be included in the first draft published in December last year, have been deleted.


Bishops react to crackdown against Christian NGOs

Christian NGOs in Jharkhand are neither illegal nor a terrorist den, according to a memorandum that the state's Catholic bishops sent to Governor Droupadi Murmu.

The work of Christian organisations has come under close scrutiny by state authorities after an orphanage run by the sisters of Mother Teresa was caught up in a baby selling scandal, which led to an investigation into all of Missionaries of Charity's activities.

Now, however, the bishops complain, the investigation has spread to include all Christian associations, which have become the target of discrimination "just because they are Christian."

The Jharkhand Bishops' Council made the memorandum public at a press conference. The delegation of bishops was led by Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo, Archbishop emeritus of Ranchi.

In the text delivered to the governor, the prelates accused the Crime Investigation Department of subjecting Christian NGOs to violent attacks and making false accusations.


Hill students get alert on Women, Child Trafficking

Students of one of the most vulnerable regions in the country for victims of human trafficking got alert on women and child trafficking by one of the leading NGOs working in the field for over a decade.

The students of Salesian College Sonada (SCS) as well as senior students of four neighbouring high schools (Shanti Rani, Sonada High School, St Xavier's Dilaram and Sai Sundaram Dilaram) had a two-hour workshop on 'Women and Child Trafficking' organised by Women Cell and Human Rights Cell of SCS, on July 28, 2018.

The Women's Cell Coordinator and HoD English, Ms Bedika Rai, said, "The objective of this workshop is to spread awareness among [high] school children of Darjeeling about human trafficking in order to prevent them from being victims. The long term objective is to spread mass awareness through these school children in their respective institutions and society."