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

Pandemic highlights major policy gap: Citizenship crisis as a subset of coronavirus crisis

By Savi Soni* Crisis situation of today is compelling to think about the policy gap existing with regard to the internal migrants -- the urban poor. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted some very crucial issues and one of those is the policy vacuum in the arena of internal migrants. The struggle of internal migrants bring … Continue reading Pandemic highlights major policy gap: Citizenship crisis as a subset of coronavirus crisis

88 Nobel laureates, world leaders call for $1 trillion to protect children in COVID-19 era

Eighty-eight Nobel Laureates and World Leaders, as part of Laureates and Leaders for Children, an initiative of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, has issued a statement calling for the world’s governments to unite and prioritize the world’s children during their lockdowns and in the aftermath. Text: We, the Laureates and Leaders for Children, call upon … Continue reading 88 Nobel laureates, world leaders call for $1 trillion to protect children in COVID-19 era

#WheelsForWorkers: No wheels should remain idle while the workers are walking!

States must use idle vehicles to transport workers, says an appeal by 90 organizations, networks and concerned individuals: We, the undersigned organizations call upon the State governments concerned to bring out all idle transport vehicles out from garages to the State and National highways to carry the workers to their home. We also request that … Continue reading #WheelsForWorkers: No wheels should remain idle while the workers are walking!

Migrant workers amidst COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown: Myriad misery, desperate exodus

By Balwant Singh Mehta, I. C. Awasthi, Mashkoor Ahmad, Arjun Kumar* With over 100,000 COVID-19 cases, India has entered its eighth week of lockdown, version 4.0. This lockdown 4.0 will remain in force till May 31. Ever since the announcement of the first national lockdown on 24th March, shutdown of transport and sealing of states/districts … Continue reading Migrant workers amidst COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown: Myriad misery, desperate exodus