In Today’s News:
- Gig Economy
- Kartarpur Sahib corridor
1. Gig Economy
This year, the demand for contractual and specialized gig workers has increased by 30% compared to last year. This is further expected to increase as per the leading Business service provider Quess Corp.
Mains GS3 – Economic Development
- In a gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees.
- This is helpful for both companies and employees as companies tend to spend comparatively lesser money on gig workers and employees have the option of switching over jobs easily from one company to another company as they are not bound by the notice period which is applicable to the permanent workers.
- Workers in a gig economy are like entrepreneurs than traditional workers.
- This provides greater freedom of choice for the individual worker.
- Long-term relationships between workers, employers, clients, and vendors can tend to erode as the gig economy is based on temporary relationships.
- Temporary employees are often cheaper to hire and more flexible in their availability which in turn affects the job security of full-time workers.
2. Kartarpur Corridor
India has condemned Pakistan’s decision to transfer management and maintenance of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib from a body run by the Sikh community to a non-Sikh body. The statement said this unilateral decision by Pakistan runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large.
Prelims GS – International Relations
- Integrated Check Post in Kartarpur corridor would facilitate, Indian Pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan.
- India has signed the agreement with Pakistan on the 24th of October 2019 on the modalities for the operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak.
- The Union Cabinet passed a resolution on 22 November 2018 to celebrate the historic occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in a grand and befitting manner, throughout the country and across the globe.
- The Union Cabinet also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.
Mains GS2 – International Relations
Highlights of the Kartarpur Agreement are: –
- Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor;
- The travel will be Visa-Free;
- Pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport;
- Persons of Indian Origin need to carry an OCI card along with the passport of their country;
- The Corridor is open from dawn to dusk. Pilgrims traveling in the morning will have to return on the same day;
- The Corridor will be operational throughout the year, except on notified days, to be informed in advance;
- Pilgrims will have a choice to visit as individuals or in groups, and also to travel on foot;
- India will send the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days ahead of the travel date. Confirmation will be sent to pilgrims 4 days before the travel date;
- The Pakistan side has assured India on sufficient provision for ‘Langar’ and distribution of ‘Prasad’;
This Kartarpur corridor is one of the best examples of people-oriented diplomacy.
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