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Scholar, Teacher, Activist

From the tea plantation workers in the Dooars region of West Bengal to the street vendors of the country's cities, Sharit Bhowmik's scholarly pursuits and labour activism ranged wide. He was a member of the task force on framing a national policy on street vendors and the committee that drafted the national policy for street vendors in India. He also envisioned labour research and action in a unique learning programme that was designed for trade unionists to build their capacities and equip them with theoretical knowledge to enhance their efficacy as activists.

Sleepless in Mumbai

The anti-migrant political environment in the city of Mumbai has created a confused sociopolitical and economic environment, where the migrant worker, essential to manufacturing and service provision, is able to find work, but is unwelcome in terms of occupying physical, social, political and cultural spaces in the city. The paper attempts to bring this contradiction to the fore through a study of elderly migrant labour employed in the private security provision industry. From the study it becomes apparent that the reality of the lives of workers is shaped by factors beyond work and wages. Their living conditions, inability to cope with any exigency, including illness or death, the atomised lives that they lead in the city in comparison to the villages, and absence of social security or access to quality welfare services force these workers and their families to live in precarious conditions.

People and Shelter

central and the state government.
Primary milk producers in Mehsana district of Gujarat are covered by a life insurance scheme in which the milkmen's co-operative plays the key role. In this case, 55 per cent of the premium is borne by the co-operative societies to which the beneficiaries must belong, These schemes can serve as a model for organising the workers in the informal sector through co-operatives with a view to covering them under social security schemes. However, the success of these schemes, the Survey emphasises, is dependent on the institutional and legal support that the respective governments arc able to provide.

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