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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 26 May 2020

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Against workers

“UP government bid to take on power to give permission for employment elsewhere ill serves those it professes to protect,” reads editorial of The Indian Express. “At a webinar on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke about the problems of those who have to move out of the state to earn their livelihoods. He announced that a “Migration Commission” will be established to help workers who have returned to the state amid the lockdown. The Commission will find ways to guarantee social security to workers, provide them jobs according to their skills. The CM also criticised other states for not taking care of workers from UP during the lockdown. For sure, the salience of welfare schemes for migrants — insurance, legal support, unemployment allowance — and the need for better employment avenues for them, cannot be overstated,” read the full editorial here


Early take-off: On resumption of air travel

“With no consensus on health monitoring of passengers among States, travel remains risky,” reads the editorial of The Hindu. It further reads, “Even after long negotiations with States, and with a truncated schedule, the Centre has found it difficult to relaunch domestic flights. Several were cancelled on the first day services were resumed after being frozen on March 25. Some Chief Ministers, notably Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra and Edappadi Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu expressed apprehension about a premature resumption of civil aviation, as the spread of COVID-19 is unrelenting, and quarantine monitoring has its limits. The experience of flight cancellations, passenger frustration and low capacity among States to track thousands of passengers should prompt a rethink on scheduled flights,” read the full editorial here

In the dark: Power outage and outrage

“Bengal must arm its disaster management wing with adequate funds and trained personnel,” reads The Editorial of The Telegraph. It further reads, “prolonged outage seems to have led to severe outrage. Several parts of Calcutta have witnessed spontaneous demonstrations and roadblocks after residents alleged that households in large parts of the city had to do without electricity and water for hours, even for days in some cases, after Calcutta was battered by one of the strongest cyclones in decades. The outrage is understandable: as it is, anxiety concerning a fearful pandemic — the coronavirus — and the consequent disruptions in public life have put nerves on edge. The upending of civic amenities — power, water, mobile and internet connectivity — as a result of the destruction caused by the cyclone, Amphan, struck the match that lit the proverbial powder keg,” read the full editorial here

Turbulent start: Air travel judders to take off. Ease the flight path for airlines and flyers

“Another step towards reopening the economy was made yesterday with the resumption of commercial flight operations,” read the editorial of The Times of India. “it further reads, ” However, both airlines and flyers have to tide over significant barriers along the way. Flights were cancelled leaving passengers in the lurch. But the biggest difficulty is proving to be the doubts and ambivalence harboured by state governments in allowing inbound flights. Some of India’s busiest airports like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata are capping the number of flights. Widely differing quarantine protocols of various state governments are also proving to be a dampener for air travel,” read the full editorial here

Chinese posturing

“India should exercise restraint, hold its ground,” the editorial of The Tribune suggests. It further reads,”India now has the dubious distinction of being the Asian nation with the highest number of coronavirus cases. At a time when the country ought to be devoting all its energies to containing the pandemic, it is constrained to keep an eye on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where Chinese transgressions are growing by the day. Facing the prospect of international isolation over its handling of the Covid-19 crisis, China is busy throwing its weight around in the neighbourhood. ‘Chinese aggression’, the term often used for the 1962 war, is gradually acquiring a contemporary ring. At Galwan in eastern Ladakh, Chinese troops have positioned themselves 3-4 km inside the line indisputably claimed by India. Such brazenness has apparently not been witnessed in decades. China is also cocking a snook at the border pacts signed since 1993, including the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement of 2013,” read the full editorial here



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