The labour ministry put forth this data in Parliament during the session on September 14, in response to an unstarred question seeking state-wise details pertaining to the number of labourers who had migrated to their hometowns from cites or their work places due to loss of jobs. Five states, namely, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, saw the highest number of migrant workers return amid the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Of all migrant workers who returned home during pandemic, 75% hail from 5 states: Labour Ministry data
“They would not go and ask for work as labourers in local farms or shops; it is below their education status,” says Sulochna, adding worriedly, “There are no notices for government jobs. They are hoping for something in Punjab Police or the Army, but nothing has come up in the past 18 months. Once they cross the age requirement, they can’t apply. The government should understand this.” … [Read more...] about Loss and labour: The effect of lockdown on rural Indian women
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine. … [Read more...] about Hamstrung by labour shortage and logistical woes, agri supply network struggling for survival
Senior contributor Jack Kelly reported in Forbes this week that in August 2019, in a groundbreaking statement, the Business Roundtable, an association of over 180 chief executive officers of America’s leading companies, collectively signed a promise to become more caring and compassionate. We quote, "The group of elite corporate executives, led by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, claimed that they wanted to significantly change and improve their business ethics. The CEOs said that the days of putting their shareholders first were over. Profits for investors, in their companies, would now take a back seat to the needs of their employees, the communities where they conduct business and the vendors who provide products and services. " … [Read more...] about Digging Deeper podcast | What can companies do to retain talent?
The report also suggested that as per available data, India seems to have crossed the peak in Covid cases. “Data for the 14-day period from September 17 to 30 suggests that India may have crossed the peak of COVID-19 case-load. During this period, the seven-day moving average of daily positive cases has steadily declined from about 93,000 to 83,000 while the seven-day moving average of daily tests have risen from about 1,15,000 to 1,24,000.” … [Read more...] about Sustained COVID-19 spread poses risks to growth: Finance Ministry