ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PUNJAB-Return of Malaria

Calcutta are legally entitled to Rs 13.35 for an eight hour day with a day in the week off. Since the dadan workers work for twelve hours a day, this means at least four hours overtime each day (payable at twice the rate). For a thirty day month, with (say) four offdays, each one entitling the worker to double the rate for the eight hours and four times for the four hours overtime, the total amount due to the workers is at least Rs 907.80, for the month. Even with the dadan at Rs 250, khoraki at Rs 5 and train/bus fares of, say, Rs 100, the workers are deprived of over Rs 400 per month.

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