U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Lobbying Groups File Suit against CFPB

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule is coming under fire yet again.A group of lobbying groups, including American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, and Financial Services Roundtable and numerous others, filed a complaint with a Dallas Federal Court against the CFPB Friday on the hotly-debated arbitration clause that was recently passed. The suit has been spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.The CFPB, when finalizing the rule, argued that it gave consumers more options when it comes to challenging Big Business, but opponents of the rule say it could have unintended consequences, such as higher interest rates for consumers and an increase in revenue for trial lawyers.In making its arbitration rule, the CFPB conducted a study defending its actions, which were contested by members of both the House and Senate, arguing that the data was skewed, and wasn’t indicative of the real ramifications of eliminating the standard arbitration clause effects.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency also released findings based on the data which contradicted the CFPB’s findings. According to the Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, “In the published final rule, the CFPB states that analysts were unable to identify any evidence from the data to indicate companies that removed their arbitration agreements raised their prices. The OCC review of the same data, however, shows that there is an 88-percent chance of the total cost of credit increasing as a result of the final rule prohibiting mandatory arbitration to allow consumers to pursue class-action lawsuits and a 56-percent chance that costs will increase by 3 percentage points or more.”The complaint challenges the legality and the constitutionality of the arbitration rule based on four reasons, which according to the complaint are “independently sufficient to require invalidation of the [arbitration] Rule.”Complainants argue that the rule is a product of, “and fatally infected by” the unconstitutional structure of the CFPB, which was provided by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act. The complaint also argues that the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, due to the fact that the CFPB failed to observe legal requirements when making its conclusion based on a study that was “deeply flawed” insofar as it misappropriated data and ignored important considerations when gathering said data.Third, the rule also ignores previous records reported by the Bureau, and such points to the fact that the finding is “the very model of arbitrary and capricious agency action.” Finally, the rule is counterintuitive, in failing to support public interest or consumer health by denying arbitration, an option that is commonly believed to benefit overall consumers in favor of the less beneficial option of class-action lawsuits.Interested parties can read the full, 52 page report, here. Tagged with: breaking news CFPB HOUSING mortgage US Chamber of Commerce breaking news CFPB HOUSING mortgage US Chamber of Commerce 2017-09-29 Joey Pizzolato Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News September 29, 2017 1,951 Views center_img Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato Home / Daily Dose / U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Lobbying Groups File Suit against CFPB Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: House of Representatives Makes Move to Privatize Flood Insurance Next: Could There Be Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy? Related Articles U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Lobbying Groups File Suit against CFPB  Print This Postlast_img read more

Hathras- UP Police Files Chargesheet Against Journalist Siddique Kappan And Seven Others Under UAPA

first_imgNews UpdatesHathras- UP Police Files Chargesheet Against Journalist Siddique Kappan And Seven Others Under UAPA LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 April 2021 11:35 PMShare This – xEight people linked to Popular Front of India, including its students’ wing leader K A Rauf Sherif and Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, were charge-sheeted on Saturday by Uttar Pradesh police’s Special Task Force in a court here for sedition, criminal conspiracy, funding of terror activities and other offences.Five of the accused — Campus Front of India’s (CFI) national general…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEight people linked to Popular Front of India, including its students’ wing leader K A Rauf Sherif and Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, were charge-sheeted on Saturday by Uttar Pradesh police’s Special Task Force in a court here for sedition, criminal conspiracy, funding of terror activities and other offences.Five of the accused — Campus Front of India’s (CFI) national general secretary Sherif, CFI national treasurer Atikur Rahman, Delhi CFI general secretary Masud Ahmed, Kappan and Mohammed Alam, who is a member of the CFI and the PFI, were present in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey.Two other accused– Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan — attended the hearing through video conferencing. The STF has also filed a charge sheet against accused Danish,” district government counsel Shiv Ram Singh said.Defence counsel Madhuban Dutt said that the 5000-page charge-sheet has been filed against the eight accused and they will consider moving the high court after going through it.The accused have been charge-sheeted under Indian Penal Code sections of 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language), 124(A) (sedition), 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings…) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), according to the defence counsel.They have also been charged with sections 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) related to raising funds for terror acts and various sections of the IT Act. The court has fixed the next hearing on May 1.Kappan along with Rahman, Masud Ahmed and Alam was arrested in October last year while they were heading to Hathras where a 19-year old Dalit woman had allegedly been gang-raped and murdered. The FIR against them claimed that they were going to Hathras with an intention “to breach the peace” as part of a “conspiracy”.The Enforcement Directorate had in February filed its first charge-sheet against the PFI members on money laundering charges, claiming they wanted to “incite communal riots and spread terror” in the aftermath of the Hathras gang rape case.The district counsel said that Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan are lodged in Lucknow jail after being arrested for allegedly plotting to execute a series of blasts in Lucknow and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh. The defence counsel claimed that the accused have been falsely implicated in the case.He alleged that the accused who were lodged in Mathura jail were denied food for 24 hours. “They were not served any food after 5.00 PM on Friday till 4.30 PM of Saturday while they were in the court,” he claimed, adding tat Kappan has diabetes and Rahman is a heart patient.As they were being taken out of the court, some of the accused shouted that they the charges against them were false. The Uttar Pradesh government has been demanding a ban on PFI, alleging that it is involved in fuelling extremism and violence.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Twitter takes down QAnon conspiracy theorist accounts

first_imgTwitter has removed more than 7,000 accounts linked to the “QAnon” movement over abuse and harassment concerns, saying Tuesday it will limit the spread of conspiracy theories by its supporters.Members of the informal, pro-Donald Trump group believe — with no credible evidence — that the United States has been ruled for decades by a criminal organization involving people they describe as the Satan-worshipping global elite, including Hollywood stars and the “deep state”.The right-wing group is also convinced of a secret plot against Trump, and its members have targeted his political opponents on social media with harassment. Topics : The FBI has identified QAnon as a potential domestic terrorism threat, according to US media.QAnon members have recently been involved in protests against measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, especially lockdowns and face masksTwitter said it would help stop the spread of QAnon conspiracy theories by, among other things, making sure the Twitter algorithm does not highlight sites and tweets associated with their accounts.It will also “block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on Twitter.”Some 150,000 accounts will also be hidden from trends and search on Twitter, a spokesperson said.Supporters of the group claim that “Q” or “QAnon” is a mole in the president’s inner circle who has decided to reveal tidbits of intelligence concerning the global conspiracy on fringe internet platforms.While it originated on the edges, QAnon has built a growing following on mainstream social media platforms too. Some QAnon adherents are even running for Congress this November.Twitter’s decision comes after nearly 1,000 advertisers announced they were boycotting Facebook, demanding more aggressive action against content that promotes violence and hate.In April, Facebook removed 20 accounts, five pages and six groups linked to QAnon.center_img “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm,” Twitter said.”In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service,” it added.”We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension.”A spokesperson said that the social media giant had decided to act because QAnon followers were causing increasing harm.last_img read more

Broward Football and Track Coach Charged with Molesting Teen Girl

first_imgA Broward County football and track coach is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and trying to arrange a meetup for oral sex.Hollywood Police say they arrested 37-year-old Jocques Jerrod Richardson, who works as a volunteer with the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League and Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory High School, this week.The girl was a member of the police athletic league’s running club.According to police, Richardson, who is known as “Coach Joc,” sent the girl messages through texts and social media. He also asked her about her sexual experiences over the phone.An undercover officer impersonating the teen arranged the meetup. Richardson was arrested Wednesday when he went to the “girl’s” home.He faces multiple charges, including two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of traveling to meet a minor for an illegal sex act, two counts of obscene communication to a solicit child for unlawful sex act, and one count of offenses against students.Detectives ask any additional victims or anyone who has information about Richardson’s actions to call (954) 764-4357 or (954) 967-4411.Additionally, tipsters may email or text information to [email protected] or call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.last_img read more

Ice forward Bertolucci, Team B.C. plays for gold at Canada Games

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Ice forward Luke Bertolucci is bound for gold Friday at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax.Bertolucci and Team B.C. Company knocked off Team Ontario 5-2 Thursday in one semi final. The win avenged an earlier 5-1 round robin loss to Ontario. Team B.C. meets Team Alberta which defeated Quebec 5-4 in overtime.Bertolucci had an assist to help Team B.C. to a 4-2 victory over Manitoba in men’s hockey quarterfinals Wednesday.Team B.C. opened the tournament with a 5-4 overtime loss to Quebec. The most Western Team then blasted Nova Scotia 8-5 in a game the 15-year-old native of Montrose added two assists.
The Gold Medal game goes at 3:30 PST Friday. The address to watch the game on the internet is:http://canadagames.bellaliant.net/live.php?y=2011&m=02&d=17Two members of the Kootenay Wildcats, Aimee DiBella and Daley Oddy, travel to Halifax for the second week of competition in women’s ice hockey for Team B.C.DiBella is from Nelson while Oddy is from Cranbrook.A former member of the Wildcats, Ella Matteucci, of Fruitvale, is also on Team B.C. Matteucci attends Notre Dame in Wilcox, [email protected]last_img read more

Canucks Defeat Devils 2-1 to Take Over First Place

first_img Byron Bitz returned to the lineup to skate on the fourth line in Dale Weise’s stead, but AV limited his icetime as he only received seven minutes.  I’m not totally sure of the reasons why he does this – Bitz and Weise are both good for energy and can skate.  I don’t think these players hurt the team, but Vigneault continues to limit their minutes. After this road trip, the schedule really favours the Canucks coming down the stretch.  Of their remaining 20 games, only six are on the road, and only nine are against teams currently in a playoff position, although there are another four games against teams currently within two points of a playoff spot.  Strangely, after not seeing them all year, all four conference games against Dallas have yet to be played. Chris Tanev is getting better literally each and every time out.  Tonight, he made a few tremendous plays out of his own zone and never loses his cool under pressure.  In a first intermission interview, he noted that he wants to bring more offense to the table, which he did when his shot created the rebound that led to Rome’s goal. Sami Salo sat out tonight’s game to get some rest.  Andrew Alberts drew into the lineup and other than one particularly bad play in the third, was pretty solid.  I like his physicality when he’s in the lineup. Tonight was another virtually penalty-less game – the Devils had only two power plays while Vancouver garnered only a single man-advantage. Devils’ defenseman Kurtis Foster was a late scratch, and during the game was traded to Minnesota, the main player going to the Wild in exchange for offensive defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Other than his gaffe on the Rome goal, Bernier had a decent game for the Devils.  I think he threw more hits tonight than he did in his entire tenure with the Canucks. The third defensive pairing of Rome and Tanev played a couple more minutes tonight, and looked very good.  They were responsible for the team’s first goal, and were solid defensively. Raymond’s goal was only his seventh on the season.  After returning from his broken vertebrae, he was strong for about 10 games, after which he’s been invisible from the scoresheet.  He played well tonight and got one past Brodeur, which will hopefully increase his confidence.  This was the second to last game before the trade deadline. New Jersey’s top line of Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, and rookie Adam Henrique seemed like they were on the ice every second shift in the second half of the game.  They were dangerous almost every time out there.  After that line, however, the Devils’ lineup lacks punch, and Patrick Elias and Petr Sykora appear past their due date. The Devils got back to within a goal at 11:30 of the second period, through no fault of Schneider, as David Clarkson directed a puck into the net with his skate after a pass pingballed in Schneider’s crease on a two on one.  The Devils outshot the Canucks 21-11 through two periods.In the third, the fatigued Canucks sat on the lead and put on a clinic of short shifts and getting the puck off the glass and out.  The Devils had most of the puck possession in the third, and had some good chances, but Schneider was there to save them all. Although they were dominant in the final frame, strangely the Devils couldn’t muster any more than 10 shots on goal, which is strange for a game in this situation.   At the end of the night, Schneider had saved 30 of 31 and almost single-handedly delivered the team the win – a win which vaulted them one point over Detroit for first place in the NHL.Vancouver typically plays a strong third period, and after seeing New Jersey come on in the second, I thought the Canucks would dig down and come out with a bit more fire in the third. Unfortunately, it looks like this road trip is beginning to take its toll on the team.  In a somewhat unbelievable quirk in the scheduling, this was Vancouver’s fifth game in the last seven nights, with games occurring in four time zones over that span.  This was going to catch up to the team at some point, and tonight was the night.  It’s a testament to their makeup that they were able to get through tonight with a win. GAME OBSERVATIONS Coach Alain Vigneault played his top players a lot on Thursday night in Detroit, and did a good job of balancing out the icetime tonight.  The Sedin line played only 17 minutes, and Vigneault distributed minutes between his new-look second and third lines more equitably (Kesler centered Hansen and Higgins, while Hodgson moved up to centre Booth and Raymond). Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.After their thrilling game against Detroit on Thursday, the Canucks flew directly to New Jersey where on Friday night they faced off against the Devils.  New Jersey has been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference of late, sporting a record of 8-1-1 in their last ten games coming into the game.  Although they were the better team for most of the night, they couldn’t overcome the Canucks, who stole a 2-1 win at the Prudential Center.Vancouver came out of the gates relatively strong, getting a number of good chances in the opening ten minutes.  Their strong start was rewarded at 8:44 of the first period, when unlikely scorer Aaron Rome got behind ex-Canuck Steve Bernier, and slotted home a rebound after a Chris Tanev point shot.From that point forth, the game went downhill for Vancouver.  Throughout the rest of the game, they gave up a lot of shots, but more noticeably could not mount any sort of sustained offensive attack on the Devils.The Canucks beleaguered forward, Mason Raymond, was finally rewarded for some solid play of late when he beat Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur with a sneaky wrist shot just over two minutes into the second period. That goal, early in the second, was one of the last times the Canucks would threaten New Jersey’s goal.  From that point forward, it was the Cory Schneider show, as the Canuck goaltender consistently foiled the Devils’ attempts to score. Legendary U.S. play-by-play man Mike Emrick, the Devils voice for 21 years, was honoured in a pre-game ceremony.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Shorthouse saying that the Canucks “couldn’t be accused of lacking any jump”.  Huh?  I’m not sure what game he was calling, but I saw the Canucks appear dead tired.  The effort was there, especially in their own zone, but they struggled to make anything happen offensively the entire game.I also chuckled in the post-game when Garry Valk extolled the play of Raymond.  Tonight, I saw Raymond play a strong game, and do what he usually does – use his speed to gain the zone, recover the puck, get it to his linemates, and cause problems for the other team through the neutral zone. The only difference tonight was that one of his shot attempts went in the net – and no offense to him, but it was a goal that Brodeur probably saves 8 times out of 10.Looking ahead: The Canucks travel to Dallas to play the Stars in a Sunday afternoon matinee, before travelling to St. Louis to face the Blues on Tuesday.last_img read more

How To Choose The Right Streaming Music Service — A Guide

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout GroovesharkNumber of Songs: 13.2 millionPrice (monthly): Free (unlimited) / $9 per month for premium Geographic Availability: Everywhere but Germany and DenmarkMobile Platforms: HTML5 Web app, plus Android and an unofficial Windows Phone appOffline Syncing: NoSound Quality (bit rate): VariesWeb App: YesKiller Features: More fluid catalog with rare (and sometimes unauthorized) materialUsers: 20 million monthly uniques (not the same as registered users) Related Posts SpotifyNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 23 countries (mostly western Europe & U.S.)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8, SymbianOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 160 kbps on desktop & “low bandwidth” mobile; 320 kbps option on mobileWeb App: YesKiller Features: Ability to import local MP3s; 3rd party add-on apps are excellentUsers: 24 million RdioNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 24 countries (mostly western Europe & The Americas)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 192 kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Vastly superior UI designUsers: Unknown  DeezerNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 182 countries (U.S. launch expected in 2013)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): Up to 320kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Ability to import local MP3sUsers: 26 million  RhapsodyNumber of Songs: 16 millionPrice (monthly): $10Geographic Availability: U.S. onlyMobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 128 kbps – 192 kbps on desktop; 64kbps on mobileWeb App: YesKiller Features: Sells high bitrate MP3s for downloadUsers: 1 million (paid) 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#digital music#grooveshark#rdio#spotify#streaming music It’s going to be an interesting year in online music. The all-you-can-stream music subscription space is set to heat up, with rumored Spotify competitors from Google and Amazon potentially in the offing and an already-huge European service called Deezer planning to launch in the U.S. In the meantime, there are already a number of music subscription services to choose from, depending on where you live. None of them are perfect. Spotify and Rdio generally the lead the pack, each with its own impressively massive library of music. Spotify wins points over Rdio for letting you import your own MP3s, whereas Rdio’s interface design, especially on mobile, is vastly superior to that of any other offering.Then there are solid offerings from Grooveshark and MOG, both of which face an uncertain future, for completely different reasons. MOG was acquired by headphone maker Beats Audio, which plans to launch a new service called Daisy this year. Meanwhile, Grooveshark has faced a barrage of lawsuits from record labels, who accuse the startup of copyright infringement, but remains standing… for now.Which service is right for you? It depends on how much you value things like audio control, design aesthetics, music selection and user control. A year from now, the landscape may well look totally different and we’ll be updating this post accordingly. For now, here’s a comparison of the major all-you-can-stream music services.  john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… MOGNumber of Songs: 16 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop  / $5 -10 for premiumGeographic Availability: United States and AustraliaMobile Platforms: iOS and AndroidOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 320 kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Streams are high quality audio by defaultUsers: 500,000last_img read more

Autism Awareness Month

first_imgWhat is Autism?Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning it can range from very mild to very severe. The Autism spectrum is complex to the point that two individuals could both be on the high end of the spectrum but have completely different struggles, signs of Autism, and needs for treatment. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) doesn’t discriminate, it can occur in all ethnic, age and socioeconomic groups, although it is more prevalent in males. The National Autism Association has a great article covering the “Signs of Autism,” along with general and developmental screening information that can be found here. The month of April is national Autism Awareness month. Earlier this month, we put together a collection of resources and discussions to help raise awareness and provide further education to those interested. Below are the different topics we discussed online.To join the conversation please leave a comment below or connect with us on Social Media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and we have a LinkedIn group. For more information on any of the above topics, please check out our handouts created to provide additional or condensed information.What is Autism?Understanding AutismCaregiving & AutismFinancial PlanningMyth vs Fact  Financial PlanningThe financial challenges of ASD can be just as overwhelming as the emotional challenges. As the caregiver to an individual with ASD, it is important to plan-ahead. The Autism Support Network put together a financial game plan that you can incorporate, along with a trusted financial advisor, to ensure that you child is taken care of financially. Myths & MisconceptionsDespite an increasing understanding of ASD, misinformation abounds. Here’s how you can help  in dispelling common misconceptions.You can test your knowledge with our Myth vs Fact worksheet below! Understanding AutismIn order to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by those with ASD, we need to dig a litter deeper to identify potential signs.Individuals with autism often experience social impairments and communication difficulties along with repetitive characteristic behavior.The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains some of the common signs of ASD and gives examples of how individuals with ASD might find social interactions difficult as well as examples of repetitive and characteristic behaviors. Access the ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet’ here!Autism & CaregivingParents have unique experiences and challenges that they face as caregivers to individuals with ASD. Learn how you can gain a new perspective by stepping into the shoes of a caregiver to someone with autism.David Royko wrote a piece for Parents Magazine entitled “What It’s Really Like to Raise a Child with Autism.” There are many ‘eye-openers,’ within his post that might help those who are not the primary caregiver to an individual with autism, better understand some of the experiences parents face.  This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 21, 2017.last_img read more

Odisha rights panel seeks report on distress labour migration

first_imgA full Bench of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday took suo motu cognizance of distress labour migration from the State and directed the Labour Secretary to file a comprehensive report on the issue by October 28.The full Bench of the OHRC, comprising chairperson Justice Bimala Prasad Das and members Justice Raghubar Dash and Asim Amitabh Dash, issued the directive as the State Labour and Employees’ State Insurance (LESI) department failed to submit a satisfactory action taken report in the past five years.In 2014, while adjudicating the case of Sushant Kumbar, the 12-year-old child labourer from Bolangir district who had sustained serious injury after being mercilessly beaten up by his employer in a brick kiln in Karnataka, then OHRC chairperson Justice B. K. Mishra and member B. K. Patnaik asked the State government to inform it about the measures taken to prevent distress labour migration and rehabilitate freed bonded labourers and their children.“The distress labour migration has assumed critical proportion in the State. Government welfare programmes have failed to prevent them from going to other States for work,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, human rights activist and petitioner in the Kumbar case.About 3 to 4 lakh people, including women and minor children, go to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala to work in brick kilns for paltry remuneration. It has been widely reported that they are subjected torture to extract maximum work from them.Thousands of poverty stricken people from Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bargarh and Subarnapur districts take wage advance from labour middlemen in August and September. Around November and December, they go to brick kilns and other construction sites.To stop the distress migration, the government had announced rations under National Food Security Act from September. It was also proposed to increase employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme from 100 to 200 days. Moreover, it was under consideration to bring wage payment under MGNREGA at par with minimum wage of the State.According to a survey conducted by Tata Trusts, a voluntary organisation, last year about 38,000 people from 30 gram panchayats of Bolangir and Nuapada migrated to neighbouring States as they could not be provided jobs.last_img read more