Call to ensure Constitutional right to dignified housing for migrant workers

National Alliance of People’s Movement’s (NAPM’s) solidarity statement in favour of the migrant labourers of Ahmedabad demanding basic living facilities:  The past year has exposed the dire situation of migrant workers across India, who continue to work in precarious conditions. On 15th February, 2021, almost 1000 migrant labourers, members of the labour union Majur Adhikar Manch, … Continue reading Call to ensure Constitutional right to dignified housing for migrant workers

COVID-19 pandemic: A pathbreaking period in history for migrant workers

The Jesuit Conference of India organised a webinar "Accompanying Distress Migrants" on the International Migrants Day, 18 December. Padma Shri Dr Sunitha Krishan, Founder of Prajwala, Shri Shabari Nair, Labour Migration Specialist, ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT), New Delhi, and Shri Rajiv Khandelwal, Founder and Executive Director, Aajeevika Bureau, Udaipur, were the panelists at the webinar. A report: … Continue reading COVID-19 pandemic: A pathbreaking period in history for migrant workers

Brazilian labour market amidst Coronavirus pandemic: Impact and way forward

Workers sit idle in front of Copacabana Palace, a hotel in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, facing Copacabana beach By Dr Ian Prates* The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is diverse and every nation is combating it in its own fashion. It is important to note that the policy measures implemented during the … Continue reading Brazilian labour market amidst Coronavirus pandemic: Impact and way forward

Underlying causes of migration of the poor from within the country: Regional perspective

An Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi, note on special talk by Prof Babu P Remesh on Labour Migration in South Asia: There are over 150 million migrants around the world a significant number is from south Asia. Nearly one in every three people in India is a migrant and one in every sixth … Continue reading Underlying causes of migration of the poor from within the country: Regional perspective

Potential of engaging migrants: Not a burden but an opportunity to revive rural economy

Gabion structure, Lotiya Nala Shivnikala By Biswanath Sinha, Kuntal Mukherjee and Sneha Kaushal* The global crisis due to COVID-19 has affected India little later in March 2020, while WHO announced it as world emergency on last phase of January 2020. A complete lockdown after China war has been faced by 135 Crore Indians, from 24th … Continue reading Potential of engaging migrants: Not a burden but an opportunity to revive rural economy

RTI Impact: CIC asks Labour Commissioner to publish stranded migrants’ data within a week

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers might remember my previous despatch about an RTI intervention to obtain access to information about migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country since the nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 began on 25th March 2020. On 8th April, 2020, the Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC), under the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment had issued … Continue reading RTI Impact: CIC asks Labour Commissioner to publish stranded migrants’ data within a week

Culture of poverty: Why in Covid-19 times urban migrants yearn for their villages

By Moin Qazi* Anthropologist Oscar Lewis, who travelled in India in the 1950s to assist the Planning Commission coined the phrase “the culture of poverty” which was lapped up by legislators and economists to deny what the villages needed to flourish. Since villages were considered inert, inefficient, backward, and lazy, it was thought it would … Continue reading Culture of poverty: Why in Covid-19 times urban migrants yearn for their villages