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Loan sharks prey on bidi workers in Pranab’s turf

Even though banks have been making a beeline for opening branches in Union finance minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s constituency of Jangipur, thousands of bidi rollers continue to fall into the clutches of loan sharks.

Alienation

Victims of political intrigue and ‘green’ procedures launched in ignorance of an Act that guarantees their rights, tribals finds themselves reduced to a pitiful non-entity, says Soma Basu