ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Sharit Bhowmik

Wages and Ethnic Conflicts in Bengal's Tea Industry

The recent wage agreement for tea labour in Darjeeling, that raised the daily wage to Rs 100 has increased ethnic tension among the workers of Nepali origin and the adivasis in the tea districts. This article looks at the ethnic tensions fostered by the separate Gorkhaland agitation among the tea workers and how it has affected the wage negotiations.

Legal Protection for Street Vendors

The Supreme Court has directed the government to pass the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2009 by 30 June 2011. However, the bill does not include significant clauses of the National Policy for Urban Street Vendors as recommended by the National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector. If passed in its present form, it will constitute a mockery of street vendors' rights. If the government is serious about protecting the livelihoods of the urban working poor, it must incorporate not only the clauses of the national policy but also the progressive steps taken in this area by the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.