Centre for Equity Studies report reveals ‘major caste biases in supporting migrant workers’ during COVID-19 lockdown
Centre for Equity Studies has released a report on the migrant crisis documenting how India’s most vulnerable class has suffered due to the unplanned national lockdown by the Central government for COVID-19.
The report titled ‘Labouring Lives: Hunger, Precarity and Despair amid Lockdown’ addressed vital questions of how the country’s labouring class – stranded and jobless – coped with the lockdown living away from their homes. The research has been conducted by Centre for Equity Studies in partnership with the Delhi Research Group and the Karwan-e-Mohabbat campaign with Aman Biradari Trust as the sponsor organization for relief to migrant workers.
With an aim to understand various aspects of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the lives, livelihoods and food security of the poor, the report is prepared with first-hand data collated through extensive telephonic interviews with 1405 workers settled in both urban and rural India. A group of volunteers, mainly students, participated in data collection for the study between 25th May and 10th June 2020. All those who were contacted have also been reached for food support by Karwan-e-Mohabbat and Aman Biradari Trust.
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TwoCircles.net, 23 June, 2020, http://twocircles.net/2020jun23/437694.html