About the Event...
“The rich will get all the help, getting rescued and brought home in planes from abroad. But we poor migrant labourers have been left to fend for ourselves. That is the worth of our lives,” said Rampukar.
“Hum mazdooron ka koi desh nahin hota
(We labourers don’t belong to any country.)”
The sharpening and deepening of social and economic inequalities, injustices and prejudices, catalysed by COVID19, has been felt dramatically, disproportionately and often tragically by migrant labourers in India. The injustices are continuing.
Widespread concerns at the Government’s response were raised on 26 May by the Supreme Court of India, which declared that the problems of the migrants had still not been solved and that there had been "inadequacies and certain lapses" on the part of the government. It ordered the Centre and States to provide free food, shelter and transport to stranded migrant workers.
It is a web of citizens’ organisations and movements who are responding, more than the government itself. These responders include Action Village India’s partners.
In this panel discussion we hear from civil society organisations and movements in India, about the impact of COVID-19 and the imposed lockdown on migrant workers and rural communities. Not only will we hear about the responses and challenges but also go deeper into a discussion of the migration crisis and its root causes.