22,000 children risking lives in India’s ‘illegal’ mica mines, 10-20 die each month

Counterview.net | July 24, 2019

An investigation by a high-profile e-journal run by a top American digital media and entertainment company focused on young women, Refinery 29 (R29), which based in the Financial District, Manhattan neighbourhood of New York City, has raised the alarm that 9,000 miles away, nearly 22,000 children are risking their lives while working for a paltry sum of Rs 20 to 30 per day in mica mines of Jharkhand and Bihar.

Titled “The makeup industry’s darkest secret is hiding in your makeup bag”, the 3,800-word investigation by Lexy Lebsack, gives specific examples of those working in these mines, pointing out how Pooja Bhurla, 11, with her friends – some as young as five years old – would spend a whole day “shimmying into small, man-made tunnels”, and “pouring out of holes, their cheeks and clothes caked with glittery dust.” Read more

Language gap in policy making needs bridging

Down to Earth | Bijayashree Satpathy, Sruthy Bharathan | June 04, 2019

For active participation of tribal communities in policy dialogues, subaltern language are indispensable

India is a land of multiplicities and the formulation of policies in the country has a long history. Time and again there have been changes in the objective of various policies from regulation to community participation to sustainability. In this, language plays an important role.

The policies and legislations are made available to the public in English and Hindi. And, some states have these documents in their respective regional languages. These standardised regional languages are used in every level of administrative, business and social intercourse. Read more

In MP’s Panna district, villagers launch initiative to restore local water bodies as successive droughts give rise to malnutrition, migration

Editor’s Note: This summer has taken a toll on large parts of north, north-west and north-central India. As the country witnesses extremely high temperatures ever, here is a look at the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The region has been hit by another drought, and several villages don’t even have basic drinking water. This is the first in a seven-part series, which explores the situation in Banda, Panna, Damoh, Mahoba and Chitrakoot.

Panna: The Bundelkhand region has been baking at 45-plus degrees Celsius for the last two weeks. This extreme heat resulting to high rate of evaporation has dried up local water sources. What’s worse is this is now more or less a seasonal problem that villagers in the region have to deal with, so much so that water crisis is the new normal in Bundelkhand. Read more

Those rescued from child labour, trafficking may not be asked for multiple statements

The Times of India | Ambika Pandit | May 28, 2019

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has its way, then in the months ahead, those rescued from child labour and trafficking situations will not have to record their statements before different authorities in keeping with different laws during investigation and rehabilitation.

A draft of the standard operating procedure by the NCPCR recommends that the statement recorded before the child welfare committee (CWC) should be considered as recorded under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The draft is upon the commission’s website for public objections and suggestions. Read more

Singhbhum: Malnutrition and rising unemployment a major challenge for first woman MP

The Avenue Mail | Jamshedpur | May 26, 2019

With malnutrition deaths at West Singhbhum making national headlines, newly elected Singhbhum parliamentary constituency’s first woman MP GeetaKoda has promised to focus on the issue of child deaths. Geeta said that she is aware of the prevailing situation in her constituency and she will work hard to meet the challenge.

Koda has won the seat with 72,155 vote margin from her nearest rival Bharatiya Janata Party’s State president and sitting MP LaxmanGilua. Geeta got 4,31,815 votes while Gilua, got 3,59,660 votes. With this, the constituency got its first woman MP while Congress got its first elected representative after 2004. Read more

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