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Minimum Floor of Dignity for Migrant Workers -Amitabh Behar

-NDTV.com blog The devastation and suffering due to the Covid pandemic is unparalleled and continues to unfold in its multiple dimensions. Amidst this colossal misery in India, the most excruciatingly vivid and heart-wrenching has been the migrant crisis triggered as a consequence of a sudden lockdown. As a nation, we witnessed the unfolding of the harrowing tragedy of Migrant Workers, where millions of them, particularly in our metro cities, were rendered...

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Lack of Policy Focus on Internal Migration in India Comes at Heavy Cost: Report

-TheWire.in The report 'Road Map for Developing a Policy Framework for the Inclusion of Internal Migrant Workers in India' has been jointly published by the International Labour Organisation and Indian research institutes. New Delhi: In the backdrop of the pandemic, a report jointly published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Aajeevika Bureau, and the Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development has noted that there is an urgent need to develop an inclusive...

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Get food to worksites, says Aajeevika in Ahmedabad

-Civil Society News When the lockdown began to ease in June, Migrant Workers who had left Ahmedabad for their villages started returning to the city in the hope of finding some employment. It hasn’t been easy. Industrial areas haven’t opened up fully and employers are going slow on taking on workers. Sunk in debt with insecure work, hunger now stalks Migrant Workers. Entire families have been living out in the open on worksites....

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Report Finds Many Migrant Workers in Madhya Pradesh Did Not Receive Govt Benefits

-TheWire.in The MP Migrant Workers Project found that 90% of Migrant Workers who returned to the state during the COVID-19 lockdown did not receive any kind of monetary assistance. New Delhi: Satish Ranjan* used to work in Pune as a construction worker. When the pandemic hit, he was forced to return to his home in Madhya Pradesh, like the lakhs of Migrant Workers who were forced to return – many by foot...

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Corinne Vargha, director of the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department, interviewed by Nileena MS (CaravanMagazine.in)

-CaravanMagazine.in In May 2020, 10 central trade unions jointly wrote twice to Guy Ryder, the director general of the International Labour Organisation, drawing attention to the plight of Migrant Workers during the COVID-19 crisis as well as the government’s dilution and suspension of labour laws. In May, several states—including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat—introduced sweeping changes in labour laws such as increasing the working hours from eight to 12. The...

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