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Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Professor, Amrita School of Business, Kochi, shared his analyses of the perils involved in doing away with the Plantation Labour Act 1951 and provided the plausible way forward for improving the conditions of plantation workers. He points out that the Central Government has to come out with more focused and highly responsive policies and interventions to overcome the stalemate affecting the sustainability of India’s rubber sector. "The cause of the ongoing crisis in the rubber sector is the continued price-crash of the commodity to just about US$2 a kg today from a peak of nearly US$5 a kg (1 $ = Rs. 49.5) in 2012 (Figure 1). It has caught the rubber growing community in India (majority being small and marginal growers) unawares, forcing a large number of them to discontinue tapping, abandon the rubber plantations, cut down trees and switch over to alternative crops or convert rubber lands into real estates", said Dr. Viswanathan.

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