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

Himachal govt needs to facilitate movement of migrant labourers stuck in Baddi area

Migrant workers forced to walk back home from Baddi: Appeal to protect constitutional rights of migrant labourers in Himachal: Joint statement*: The heart wrenching exodus of stranded migrant workers from cities back to villages in the wake of the COVID-19 lock-down happening across is now unfolding in Himachal's industrial belt Baddi as well. The Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh … Continue reading Himachal govt needs to facilitate movement of migrant labourers stuck in Baddi area

Wrong to taking undue advantage of the pathetic situation of the working class during Covid-19

Resolution by the Indian Association of Lawyers asking the Government of India to to intervene and ensure annulment of changes in existing labour laws initiated by several state government: As the entire world is passing through an unprecedented crises and the situation in India is also very serious, there is a general consensus that all … Continue reading Wrong to taking undue advantage of the pathetic situation of the working class during Covid-19

Suggestions for better collaboration with states for migrants to travel back to their native place

Suggestions of SOP regarding travel for migrant workers to Ajay Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, by Stranded Workers Action Network, covid-india.in, GramVaani, CoAST India, and Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network: We are a group of researchers, students, lawyers, engineers and civil society workers that have been coordinating and directly providing relief to … Continue reading Suggestions for better collaboration with states for migrants to travel back to their native place

Put preparations in place for the safe return of thousands of Indian migrant workers

Charter of demands by Indian Affiliates Council (Building, Construction, Building Materials & Forestry Sector Unions) to Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of Labour (Independent Charge), with copy to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India: The Indian Affiliates Council (IAC) representing workers in building-construction, building materials and forestry sector are putting forward following 10-point Charter of Demands: … Continue reading Put preparations in place for the safe return of thousands of Indian migrant workers