Pre­cious labour


sun in spite of al­ter­na­tives looks in­hu­man.

Cal­lous gov­ern­ment

This is with ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle, "A con­tin­u­ing dis­as­ter" (De­cem­ber 1-15, 2014). Many gov­ern­ments have changed in the 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy. But none of them has ad­dressed the root cause of the glar­ing de­nial of jus­tice, which is the way multi­na­tional com­pa­nies are set up across the world; as an ab­sen­tee land­lord that out­source the work over­seas. Un­for­tu­nately, by us­ing this ap­proach the re­spon­si­bil­ity gets di­luted. The far­ther the par­ent com­pany's head of­fice from the over­seas branches, the more di­luted is its While vis­it­ing even re­mote ar­eas, you can see sty­ro­foam plates, empty snack packages and wa­ter bot­tles lit­tered around be­cause city dwellers visit those places and leave th­ese things be­hind re­spon­si­bil­ity. In­dian com­pa­nies are be­hav­ing in a sim­i­lar man­ner. Such struc­tural weak­nesses in busi­ness mod­els need to be ad­dressed by the present gov­ern­ment if it wants to make a suc­cess of its Makein-In­dia pro­gramme.

"Scheme against jobs" (Novem­ber 16-30, 2014) was a very good anal­y­sis of the Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Act (MGNREGA). It cov­ered change in the ra­tio of fund for wage and ma­te­rial com­po­nents, states' de­signs and the cov­er­age ar­eas of the scheme. Labour-ori­ented schemes have al­ways suf­fered in In­dia.

It is im­por­tant to recog­nise the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally need the jobs un­der this scheme. Oth­er­wise, it may lead to tailor­ing the muster rolls to suit the scheme. The un­skilled labour force of MGNREGA is pre­cious and it should not be wasted on or­di­nary earth works, which can be done eas­ily by ma­chines with pre­ci­sion. It should be used for agri­cul­ture, hor­ti­cul­ture, forestry, ser­i­cul­ture op­er­a­tions and for as­sist­ing constructions of all en­gi­neer­ing works in the in­ter­est of food pro­duc­tion and build­ing bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture. The sight of labourer, dig­ging earth in hot

Stream­line PDS

This is with ref­er­ence to "Model in a fix" (Novem­ber 16-30, 2014). The 1.3 mil­lion bo­gus ben­e­fi­cia­ries of public dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice (PDS) in Chhattisgarh came as no sur­prise. There are touts and mid­dle­men who can do any­thing for money. How­ever, 0.3 mil­lion out of those whose ra­tion cards were with­drawn have ap­plied again for be­low poverty line (BPL) cards. This in­di­cates that the de­ci­sion to re­call 1.3 mil­lion cards was not based on facts. We need a bet­ter sys­tem to iden­tify the BPL ben­e­fi­cia­ries so that only the de­serv­ing get the benefits. Through pic­nics, we cre­ate panic in the for­est ecosys­tem Plas­tic bot­tles and bags can eas­ily be seen on the na­tional high­way along Bandipur Tiger Re­serve (in Kar­nataka). For­est of­fi­cials keep col­lect­ing the garbage, but seems it is not enough. An­i­mal deaths due to plas­tic is com­mon in the for­est but other dan­gers like for­est fires also lurk


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