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Abhishek Angad


Abhishek Angad reports from Jharkhand for The Indian Express

In Jharkhand, social audit finds nearly half the people didn’t get full lockdown ration
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

These are some of the findings mentioned in a report prepared by Jharkhand’s Social Audit Unit, under the Rural Development Department, created to “promote transparency and accountability in implementation of the programs”.

Economist Jean Dreze, others recommend Jharkhand govt to follow transparent process before finalising urban job guarantee scheme
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

The Indian Express had earlier reported that the state government is planning to launch a job guarantee scheme under which urban workers will be able to demand a maximum 100 days of work.

Jharkhand plans job guarantee scheme for urban poor
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

The wages under the proposed Mukhyamantri Shramik Yojana are likely to be at least 40 per cent higher than Rs 194 a day provided under the MGNREGA programme in the state.

Meet private school principal in Telangana, forced to sell idli on a cart
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

The sweeping economic distress triggered by the Covid pandemic and lockdown has pushed countless out of jobs, set off one of the biggest reverse migrations in recent times and pushed millions of small businesses to the edge.

Hemant Soren slams Centre’s decision on coal mining
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

He said there are potential socio-economic and environmental costs to the decision, and that such mining would have an impact on forests and the tribal population.

Better pay, benefits on mind, Jharkhand labourers leave for Ladakh
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

These 'mates', typically labourers themselves, are recognized by BRO, and are known to exploit and harass their fellow workers.

Since Jharkhand’s creation, 1,405 people and around 80 elephants killed in human-animal conflict
Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Experts said the state does not have a “concrete” elephant management plan. Steady depletion of forest habit forces elephants to enter villages looking for food. From 2016 till January this year, 301 people have died, 609 people have been injured in the conflict.

As BRO seeks workers for Ladakh, Jharkhand asks for a better deal for them
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

A May 22 communication from the Ministry of Home Affairs to Chairman, Railway Board, seeking 11 trains to transport 11,815 labourers from Jharkhand to work for the BRO in Ladakh and other areas, set off a series of communication between the state government and BRO.

Jharkhand CM orders to seize all machines used for NREGA works
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

The directions come after the Rural Development Department terminated the contract of 14 people in Chatra district of Jharkhand citing irregularities in implementation MGNREGA works.

CM Hemant Soren: Those going to work in other states should seek Jharkhand nod
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

Soren said that labourers who go to work in Ladakh or other border areas face difficulties and live under stricter law and order conditions.

Jharkhand: Probe into NREGA work throws up muck
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

The report on money granted for work that was never done and employment that had never been created assumes significance as the state government has launched three schemes under MGNREGA, anticipating work demand from the nearly 5 lakh migrant workers who have returned home after lockdown hit livelihood in cities.

As Jharkhand girl battles for life, police take three months to contradict acid attack
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

“The accused pulled out a bottle of acid and poured it in my mouth…it was bleeding, I could not speak anything then…After two months I narrated my ordeal to my parents,” the FIR stated quoting the minor.

Back home, migrant workers now wait for payment of dues
Sat, May 30, 2020

The Indian Express spoke to ten labourers across several states, and found that only one of them received pending wages preceding the lockdown. During the lockdown period, none got paid — none expected to either. All they hoped for was to get the pending wages for the time that they had worked.

‘Sometimes bears took blankets away’: Jharkhand airlifts 60 stuck in Kargil
Fri, May 29, 2020

The group working for Border Roads Organisation includes a 26-year-old who had had enough of near-death terrains and wild bear, a labourer whose wife eloped, men whose relatives died, farmers who want to be back home before paddy sowing season.

Institutional deliveries dip in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
Fri, May 29, 2020

Government data accessed by The Indian Express shows that in February 2020, before the lockdown was imposed, Chhattisgarh recorded 37,984 institutional deliveries, which rose to 38,449 in March. Following the lockdown, the number of institutional deliveries fell to 32,529 in April.

Migrants Back In Jharkhand: ‘Give us a reason to stay… something beyond MGNREGA’
Sun, May 24, 2020

The Indian Express spoke to a cross-section of migrant workers back from different parts of the country. These are day labourers and skilled workers such as carpenter, embroiderer, welder, among others. One thread connects them — demand for something beyond MGNREGA.

Of over 3 lakh that arrived, only 6.6% migrant labourers tested for Covid-19 in Jharkhand
Sat, May 23, 2020

147 migrant workers, who returned to the state, have tested positive of the virus, which is below 1% of the total being tested. Migrants labourers currently form 80% of the total active cases in Jharkhand.

Case count goes up, labs fall short as workers return to Jharkhand
Fri, May 22, 2020

“This is just the beginning. The question is what option do we have. You cannot turn away people coming to their homes. We are moving with caution, but it is a serious cause for worry,” said Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh.

Liquor sales to start in Jharkhand from today
Wed, May 20, 2020

Along with the regular counter sales, the Excise Department said that people would use an application developed by the state NIC to get ‘e tokens’ and based on the allotted timings they will be able buy it from the respective shops.

What they leave behind in Bokaro: Six-day-old baby, an ailing mother
Tue, May 19, 2020

Of the 26 people who were killed on the highway in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya early on Saturday, 11 were migrant labourers headed back to their village. Their bodies reached their homes on Monday evening — travelling the 800 km in some 30 hours.

Lucky to be alive, say coworkers of 11 who died in Auraiya accident
Tue, May 19, 2020

Kalindi and his coworkers at a marble factory in Jaipur had split in two groups and left for their village in Bokaro on May 12, a day earlier than the others who met with the accident.

Auraiya accident: Jharkhand farm hand spends Rs 19,000 to collect son’s body
Mon, May 18, 2020

Inside, the post-mortem examiners were still at work. A farm hand from Palamu in Jharkhand, Sudama said he had paid Rs 19,000 to a car driver who had brought him and his brother-in-law Guddu Yadav to Auraiya.

Among those in truck: Some who failed to get on train, workers denied wages
Sun, May 17, 2020

Asked why he did not wait for a train from Rajasthan to go home, Umesh says, “I waited all this while, but people who worked at the factory were gradually leaving and I felt like I was betraying my family by staying at the factory. How long could I have waited?”

For every dead in Auraiya accident, a lakh are waiting to return home
Sun, May 17, 2020

According to sources in Uttar Pradesh government, about 10 lakh additional migrant workers are expected to return in the coming weeks. They said Maharashtra had 5.6 lakh workers from UP, Delhi had 5.1 lakh, Gujarat 3 lakh, Haryana 1.3 lakhs, and Punjab about 77,000.

Begin Again
Sun, May 17, 2020

Pramod Rai, Kamlesh Sahu, Ravi Maurya, Dinesh Kharadi, Ajay Manjhi, Gajraj Yadav, and Abdul Azim are the “luckier” ones, having made their way back to their villages after long journeys. As they rework their budgets and life, what keeps them going is the whiff of their dreams