Tag: West Bengal

A March across the Tea gardens for Justice

 
/ May 18, 2016

About 400 tea gardens workers from of Dooars and Terai regions of West Bengal joined a 10-day rally organised by the Progressive Tea Workers Union (PTWU) on January 5, earlier this year. The 390-km rally started in the village of Kumargram Sankosh and ended in the city of Siliguri of...

Bad roads trouble residents of Darjeeling despite sanction of Rs. 96 lakh

 
/ May 16, 2016

The dilapidated condition of roads in Darjeeling district has disrupted normal life of thousands of people who live Mirik district. The long stretch of 8 km of metal road is considered a vital one for thousands of commuters who live between Katari banbasti and Belgacchi tea garden. Thousands of villagers...

Two bamboo sticks make a bridge in village of West Bengal

 
/ May 5, 2016

Over 100 people, old and young, cross a canal over a temporary bridge of two bamboos every day in West Bengal, as their bridge is broken into half since seven months. Mothers with babies, children with heavy schoolbags and men with cycles travel undertake the dangerous bamboo-walking during the dry...

Impact: 250 MGNREGA workers get paid after 18 months

 
/ April 21, 2016

Ratna Roy, a labourer from West Bengal had toiled hard under the rural employment guarantee scheme MGNREGA to earn her promised daily bread. But her efforts were in vain as the administration of Cooch Behar, West Bengal did not pay her wages for one and a half years. Just like Ratna...

Provident funds worth eight years not paid to tea workers in Bengal

 
/ April 28, 2016

The cup of refreshing morning tea in front of you has a tale of rampant labour exploitation and corruption. The area of North Bengal, where tea cultivation is the primary industry, has been dealing with a gruesome wave of starvation of more than 1.1 million tea-workers due to low or...

No morsel of food for tea-garden workers in Bengal

 
/ April 11, 2016

As we sip our morning tea in comforts of our home, tea workers in this tea estate of North Bengal are struggling to survive, eating dried leaves as their meal because their only source of income, the tea estates, owned by Duncans Industries Ltd have shut down since last year...

Only 2 teachers teach 226 students in this school

 
/ March 25, 2016

At Uttardariyapur Primary School in Malda, West Bengal, two teachers, one of them the head master, look after and teach 226 children, varying in age from 6 to 12 years. The school is from Standard I to Standard V. They have to teach bengali, english, maths, environmental sciences….. According to...

Apparently, this is a ‘Road’ in West Bengal

 
/ March 23, 2016

Potholes are an everyday occurrence on Indian roads – big or small in most cities and villages. In big cities, when one finds such stretches of road travelers take an alternative route but what if there are no alternative routes? For 11,000 inhabitants of a village called Nagrakata in West...