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  • In reply to a question in Parliament, the government says it is empowered to lawfully intercept, monitor or decrpyt information stored in a computer resource in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of India
  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Migrant Workers Flee Gujarat

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
There has been a large scale exodus of migrant workers from Gujarat. These workers mainly belong to UP, Bihar and West Bengal. The trigger for the same has been the alleged rape of a toddler by a migrant worker from Bihar. Although there has been no untoward incident against the workers, many of them have decided to flee fearing a backlash.

This is likely to hugely impact industries and construction sites in the state. Many industrial units and most construction sites are wholly dependent on migrant workers to do jobs which locals do not take up. If migrant labour flees, it will become impossible to replace them. Industries are likely to suffer huge production loss and infrastructure projects are likely to get delayed due to this.

It has become a regular feature in India to target a whole community for the transgression of an individual. Does the crime of one Bihari migrant worker makes the whole Bihari community criminal? But such is the undercurrent of resentment against migrants all over India that if one of them is caught for a crime, there is a backlash against the whole community or class.

This resentment is difficult to understand. The absence of local talent to fill shop floor jobs or do the heavy and supposedly tedious jobs in the construction sector makes it necessary for the companies to fill the vacancies from the pool of migrant workers. Locals either do not have the necessary requirements and do not upgrade themselves or are not interested in such jobs.

The administration must ensure that the criminal who raped the toddler is punished. It must also ensure that migrant workers are not targeted by vested interests. The economy of the state will take a leap backwards if there is a scarcity of workers. It is in no one’s interest to create a situation where migrants from Bihar, UP or West Bengal stop going to Gujarat.