Workers of the world fight for their rights

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Interview on changes in agricultural trade

Recently, the government passed two ordinances related to agriculture. “Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance-2020” and “Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Assurance of Value and Agricultural Services Ordinance-2020 “. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture have called these two ordinances, as the means to open the way for “freedom of farmers”. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) talked about these ordinances with many peasant leaders across the country. The key points made by Shri Vikal Pachar, National President of All India Swaminathan Sangharsh Samiti, during an interview with Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, are presented in the following paragraphs.

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Acute shortage of doctors and nurses

Result of medical education and health care being profit oriented

Lack of adequate number of trained doctors and nurses is proving to be one of the biggest handicaps in treating increasing number of Covid affected patients in the country. This is the result of failing to create the required number of medical colleges and nursing schools to train sufficient numbers of doctors and nurses required for a country of our size. The policy of privatisation of medical education that has been followed by successive governments over the last three decades has worsened the situation.

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