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Tewari demands CBI probe into IAY scandal

Ludhiana : All India Congress Committee spokesperson and MP from Ludhiana Manish Tewari today demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged financial bungling in the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) programme here. He has sought a Central audit on all schemes sponsored by the Union Government in Ludhiana parliamentary constituency.

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From homemakers to decision makers

Collectives in Bihar are slowly transforming the social role of women to leading their families as men migrate for work Madhubani,

Madhubani, Bihar: Arhuliya Devi remembers a time when she could barely sleep because of stress. A petite woman with a weather-worn face, she tightens her red scarf around her hair and shudders at the memory.

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Caste-based discrimination and bonded labour

 

(Excerpted from the Human Rights Watch report 'Small change: Bonded Child Labor in India's Silk Industry') 

Bonded labor in India is not just an economic issue but a social issue linked with caste. Unless we associate bonded labor with caste, we won't understand bonded labor, and we won't find a solution.

~ Kiran Kamal Prasad, director of JEEVIKA, NGO working to free and rehabilitate bonded laborers and to train government officials.

This is the thing that God blessed me with so I have to work like this. I can't do something else. . . . It is written on my head and nobody can change this. I am born into this community so we don't know what else to do. We have to do this and nothing else. . . . I don't want to go to the looms but there is no other way.

~ Vimali T., fifteen-year-old low-caste girl, bonded to a loom owner for Rs. 8,000 (U.S.$167), Kanchipuram, Karnataka, March 21, 2002.

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Allocation of labor on the basis of caste is one of the caste system's fundamental tenets. Within the caste system, Dalits, or so-called untouchables, have been assigned tasks and occupations deemed ritually polluting for other caste communities. Most bonded laborers are low-caste, illiterate, and extremely poor, while the creditors/employers are usually higher-caste, literate, comparatively wealthy, and relatively more powerful members of the community. According to government figures, 86.6 percent of bonded laborers are Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

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Punjab Govt Would Continue Subsidies: Sukhbir

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the SAD-BJP government would continue with subsidies until the economy of debt-ridden farm community, industry suffering due to "biased" attitude of the Centre and common people reeling under inflation is put back on track.

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SC-ST Schemes Appreciated By Punia

AP is a role model for the rest of the country in the successful implementation of welfare schemes, says Punia.

Chairman of the National Commission for SCs Dr. P L Punia, on Wednesday, said, "The government of Andhra Pradesh is doing an excellent job for the overall welfare of SCs.

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Youth arrested for rape

Moga : A 20-year-old was arrested for allegedly raping his neighbour in Bedi Nagar area here, police said today. Police arrested Ram Singh for alleged rape of the 16-year-old Dalit girl on October 18. Investigations revealed that the accused, after committing the crime, left his village and took shelter in Munawan village of the district.

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Monthly renumeration of safai karamcharis hiked

Panipat :The Haryana government today hiked the monthly remuneration of safia karmacharis from Rs 3525 to Rs 4348.Making an announcement to this effect at a function here, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the step would benefit nearly 11,700 workers.

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