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Unemployment and Bullets for Bailadilla Workers

Bailadilla Workers N K Singh a coincidence that on onstabulary of the Special was sent to arrest the he striking workers of one mines just as it had for the same purpose ra about a year back? developments in the two to police firings and and members of their also broadly similar. Con- our in the two iron ore on strike and the police the labour colony to arrest leaders, presumably to rale of the strikers. There- ng to the official version, attacked the police party policemen to fire "in selt- t something more hap- liladilla. According to the orkers set fire to their own ap the policemen". Of of the 'trapped' police- lured in the arson which shes hundreds of workers' union leaders and repre- nolitical parties visiting the en expressed the fear that s and members of their ht have perished in the hara, the Madhya Pradesh lias again tried to raise the e "outside extremist ele- tting the workers" at Bail- organised attempt.'' said er V K Sakhlecha, "is be- disturb law and order in ireas throughout the state. is organised recently in a nt at Ujjain as well as in a I at Nagda. A systematic read dissatisfaction among Bailadilla had been going sometime. Some persons Bengal had come for the haps the fear of these lements" which forced the ties at Kirandul, the mining Bastar where the firing to impose a virtual censor- h the firing took place at m on April 5, no news e to the outside world till of April 6 when, tipped by "an unknown source", a Congress(I) MLA brought an adjournment motioa in the, Vidhan Sabha. Even the Inspector General of Police, contacted late in the night of April 5, said, "I've no knowledge about any firing taking place". Jagdalpur radio station, situated at a distance of 150 kms front Kirandul, reported the firing after 30 hours. Newsmen at Raipur and Jagdalpur, who had heard that ''something had happened", tried to contact Kirandul on April 5

MADHYA PRADESH-Death of a Tribal

AN Indore daily had reported on January 28 that earlier that month a tribal had been killed and another injured ''in an encounter with the police" near Alirajpur, a tehsil headquarters in the adivasi- dominated Jhabua district. According to the police, on the afternoon of January 9 the DSP of Alirajpur was travelling to nearby Ambua when he spotted four tribals "walking in a suspicious manner, dragging a goat with them''. The DSP stopped his vehicle and challenged them But instead of stopping, they fled and, after taking up positions behind the roadside bushes, started shooting arrows at the police party. (The Bhils of Jhabua carry bows and arrows as a part of their dress.) The police party fired three shots. Two bullets hit Aap Singh, one in the chest and the other in the abdomen. He was killed instantaneously. Two of the tribals fled from the spot, while Gamer Singh, brother of Aap Singh, attempted to attack the DSP, But the DSP's driver hit Gainer with his rifle butt and overpowered him.

MADHYA PRADESH-New Chief Minister

year (1976-1977) under review, the Directors have recommended a higher dividend on Equity Shares'. A most useful device to legitimise the denial of workers' right to their due share of profits is the so-called individual internal audit. Thus, even within kesoram, workmen of Spun Pipe, Cement and Rayon nulls have been granted 20 per cent bonus while workmen of the Textile plant have been offered the minimum 8,33 per cent on the basis of the poor results of the latter unit revealed by 'internal audit. The Birlas have followed the same principle in Birla lute which has four units: the workmen of Carbide and Cement plants have been paid at the rate of 20 per cent while the Jute workers have been denied that amount under the same plea advocated in Kesoram. Even the government managed Andrew Yule has followed the same practice; while the engineering division declared bonus at the rate of 20 per cent, the factory and head office at Kalyani offered the workmen just 8.33 per cent bonus. The tacties of company managements are quite simple, through the device of 'internal audit, the smaller units of a company, involving a smaller workforce, are shown as having performed better and workmen of larger units under the same company are deprived of their due share of bonus.

MADHYA PRADESH-Oppression of Scheduled Castes

MADHYA PRADESH Oppression of Scheduled Castes N K Singh THE Congress has been shedding crocodile tears over atrocities against Harijans in the first hundred days of Janata raj in Madhya Pradesh. But such persecution of the Harijans is not new and was rampant under Congress rule.

MADHYA PRADESH-Mini-MISA against Workers

will not be tolerated. Leaders of the longer justifiable today. Such empty 1974 railway strike are ministers totalk will not fill our stomachs." Which day and the same bonus demands of still leaves us with the question, railway workers made then are no "After CITU what?" Mini-MISA against Workers AS had been feared, it was not a black- marketeer or a hoarder who was the first to be arrested under the MP Prevention of Public Disorder Ordinance promulgated on September 25. The honour went to three labour leaders of Raipur, The secretary of a labour union of the irrigation department and two of his colleagues were arrested under the Ordinance on October 2 in Datan village of Raipur district. According to the police, the action was taken following a complaint filed by an executive engineer of the irrigation department that the union leaders were "blackmailing" a sub-engineer. Police also ''disclosed" that a police party which had gone to the village to arrest the three persons, caught them collecting subscriptions from the workers. It was pay-day and it is not clear what was improper in the collection of trade union dues from workers. The three were not only arrested under the Ordinance and the always handy section 151 but also under section 420.

MADHYA PRADESH-Why Did D P Mishra Quit Congress

In terms of transfer of foreign resources, they have little significance to developing countries. Yet a disproportionate amount of costly intellectual and manpower resources are devoted to dealing with issues which can more cheaply, more effectively and more relevantly be dealt with at the local level. These are issues relevant for a dialogue on development philosophy, not for determining the lending programmes of an aid agency. It is necessary that the Bank continues to emphasise the ultimate goal of development, but its lending has to be more relevant to the foreign exchange needs of the development programmes of its members.

MADHYA PRADESH-Harijans at Bay

September 24, 1977 encouraged a dialogue. He was a co- student, a co-inquirer, and he extended a helping hand. He believed in-intellectual intercourse. The result was a renaissance in the student community for nearly thirty years, a rapport on equal terms. He provoked them, denigrated them, and made intellectuals of even unpromising material in the end...'.

DALLI-RAJAHARA-The Struggle Continues

DALLI-RAJAHARA The Struggle Continues N K Singh ON July 9 the pits of Dalli-Rajahara iron ore mines did not work because over 10,000 workers did not turn up. But they were not on strike; they had abstained from work because their leader, Shanker Guha Niyogi, had been released after 35 days' illegal detention on the orders of the Drug sessions court and they wanted to accord him a heroic welcorne. The acceptance of their immediate demands after a 19-day long successful strike which continued even after the police firing and large- scale arrests an obvious attempt to break the strike and the release of Niyogi has boosted the morale of the workers.

DALLI-RAJAHARA-Trade Unionism with a Difference

Trade Unionism with a Difference N K Singh SHANKER GUHA NIYOGI, leader of the 'Naxalite' union of Dalli-Rajahara mine workers, has alleged that the police tried to kill him after his arrest in the night of June 2-3/Niyogi,

DALLI-RAJAHARA MINES-Victory for Workers

only a little higher than the figure for the industry as a whole (2 per cent). Further attempts have been made to justify this inadequate expenditure on research and development by comparing the turnovers of international companies like Hoffman-La-Ros (Rs 1,633 crore-s) with that of multinationals functioning in India (less than Rs 50 crores) The fact that most of these multinationals in India are making as much as 20 to 40 per cent profit is overlooked.

MADHYA PRADESH-Wages of Emergency

 where y is individual income per annum, w is the weight (the egalitarian parameter), L represents the total number of 'labour-days' worked for the Production Team as a whole, 1 represents the number of 'labour- days' worked by each individual member, N is the total number of member- workers in the Production Team, Y is the total income (value added) of the Production Team, R is the portion set apart for paying taxes, I is the amount set apart for investment purposes, and C is the amount for collective consumption.

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