Overview for Poverty, Inequality & Circulation of Agricultural Labour: A Micro Level Study of Birbhum, West Bengal
Wage labour circulation is an important phenomenon as the poverty stricken rural agricultural wage labourers and other rural workers are virtually forced to move outside of their home villages in search of employment and livelihood. And, this kind of labour circulation involves family disruption, agony, pain and despair. Such phenomenon exists in Birbhum district and hence, a study is undertaken in this district to come up with certain remedial measures. The present study is based on the data collected in the field from five randomly selected villages of Bolpur Sriniketan block in Birbhum district and explores the pattern of wage labour circulation, its characteristics, spatio-temporal dimensions and consequences thereupon. It sheds light upon one of the crucial human problems of "poverty, inequality and labour circulation". Thus, it contributes to an advancement of knowledge in the field of population geography. The findings indicate towards a colossal waste of human resources and energy instead of any appreciable gain on the part of the individual circulators. The findings deserve immediate attention for ameliorating the problems associated with wage labour circulation.
S.N. Chatterjee (Author)
Dr. Surendra Nath Chatterjee (b. 1944) received his B.A. Honours and M.A. degree in Geography from the Calcutta University in the year 1965 and 1967respectively. He was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Population Geography from the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in 1987. Dr. Chatterjee has published two books, two research monographs and a number of research papers. His field of specialization is Cartography, Population Geography and Rural Development. He is at present working at the Centre for Rural Studies (Palli Charcha Kendra) Visva-Bharati University, Sriniketan, as Lecturer in Geography.