Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Wages of 15,000 tribal workers go unpaid
Government to be reported to UN for non paymentTribals stage a protest demanding wages in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh
- ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
- October 8, 2012
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is a scheme that ensures payment for 100 days of work per year for the rural jobless, but it is claimed that the Madhya Pradesh state government did not pay workers from April 2011 to March 2012.
â€śThe non payment of wages to the workers nearly a year ago is a serious human rights violation and it will be reported to the United Nations Human Rights Council,â€ť said Avinash Pandey of AHRC, the Asian Human Rights Commission, who visited the region last week.
He accused the state government of infringing upon tribal rights and depriving tribal people of a livelihood. He said he would also take up the issue of safety for tribal advocates with federal and state governmentsÂ .
The AHRC report is expected to be submitted to the UN by October 15.
After a series of protests, the state government last month blamed the federal government for failing to release necessary funds, but federal rural development minister Jairam Ramesh says the state has a more than surplus of more than six billion rupees (US $19,186500)Â and could implement the act until January 2013.
Social activist Madhuri Ben pointed out that the 15,000 unpaid people were only in Barwani, one of 50 districts in Madhya Pradesh, and that the real number is likely to be higher.
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