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

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LABOUR-Tell-Tale Verdict

lean seasons for odd jobs and then go back at the time of harvesting. People have relatives on both sides of the border which also encouraged such movement back and forth. The soft border also fostered large-scale smuggling of essential commodities. Of late, however, there has been a tendency on the part of those coming from Bangladesh to settle down in the border districts of West Bengal, and even to move further inside. Unofficial estimates put their number at 10 to 20 lakh. The population pressure has quite understandably created tensions between the migrants and the local inhabitants. Daily wage earners among the latter in the border districts complain that the Bangladeshis are snatching away their jobs by offering cheap labour.

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