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Violation of Workers' Rights

The shocking report on “Violation of Workers’ Rights at the Commonwealth Games Construction Site” (EPW, 13 June 2009) brings out the extent of exploitation and misery of the migrant workers from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and other states. These workers have to work mostly in the open when the temperature in Delhi is between 40 and 44 degrees celsius. I hope the people’s union for democratic rights (PUDR) has led a public interest litigation against the Delhi government, DDA and other concerned organisations and also written to the chief justice of the Supreme Court. What is most unfortunate is that in 1982 also PUDR had raised similar issues regarding Asiad workers in Delhi but the situation remains the same even after a lapse of 27 years: the authorities are as unconcerned as ever!

Will there be no justice in India and a fair deal to the poorest of the poor?

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