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The Story of Ravi Bharti

This morning I asked one person engaged in painting work in my Social Science Research Institute at Allahabad who among you all are most poor. He immediately replied all are poor. This proved they are not Economists or Statisticians.

Disguised Workers

Labour is non-substitutable – mostly for the non-labourers to accumulate! Economists take a leap forward and calculate also disguised unemployment without realizing if they themselves are evicted from penning such paid calculations where do they get alternative jobs. In my understanding most of them are socially obsolete (with due apology).

The Story of Rajkumar Sonkar

A common feature of living and ensuring livelihood in Uttar Pradesh is occupying caste and caste determining occupations. I had also a curiosity if I ever find Pandits (Brahmin by birth on public road ferrying goods. So this morning I asked Rajkumar his name and he responded by his first name only. I was adamant […]

Migrant labourers from Odisha rise threefold in 10 years

Number of migrant workers from Odisha to other states is rising steadily. Compared to 55,000 workers migrating from Odisha in 2007, 1.46 lakh left the state in 2015, government figures show.Social activists working for welfare of the migrants said the actual number of people migrating to other states for works would be far more than […]

The Story of Anshu

Anshu is a sickly boy of 24 engaged on ad hoc basis in a social science research Institute at Allahabad earning a little more than the stipulated minimum. Anshu comes from a village very close to the city of Allahabad. Anshu is well settled in his household – pursuing his Graduation from a nearby College […]

Story of Gulab: A Boy Trapped in Bonded Labour

This is not the story of rose – this is Gulab working as virtually Gulaam (slave) though formal slavery was/is not there in India. Some of the labourers remain attached to land, some tied, some bonded, some forced, some unpaid and so on. Gubal comes from Prajapati sub-caste that is from the bottom caste in […]

Pavan’s Story

Pavan is a boy of 12 I discovered today on road at Jhusi area of Allahabad ferrying clothes. Drudgery was on his face. While buying something from him I got to know the following: Pavan has parents. His mother is ill – bedridden. Pavan needs money to save to cure his mother. His father is […]

Rescuing Child Bonded Labour: Initiative by PARDA

A news paper reported on the torture committed on some brick kiln workers he raided the brick kiln and found 19 families from Odisha were found bondage in brick kiln of Sri Yedupati Raja at Vakarivarikandriga village. The Executive magistrate issued all of them release order under The Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1776 on […]

“Beti Zindabad” Awareness Programme

“Beti Zindabad” Awareness Programme was organised by Debadatta Club with the support of Action Aid on 20th August 2016 at Aragadi. On this occasion first an awareness rally was organised with school students, teachers, volunteers and women leaders. The slogan and placard were shown at the Rally.

Interaction with Block Administration on Interstate Migrant Labour Registration

Debadatta Club, Grindolmal organised an interactive programme with Block Administration on 22nd June 2016 on Interstate Migrant Labour Registration at Rajiv Gandhi Seba Kendra, Gaisilat. Mr.Hemanta Kumar Barik President of Debadatta Club chaired the programme.