News By/Courtesy: TEJAS SHIVALKAR | 31 May 2020 9:14am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • These migrant workers often come from a very humble background to such cities to get employed which will fetch them a good amount of money to survive and send some back to their family in the village
  • due to coronavirus, the entire nation has stopped working, because of which the migrant labour had no choice but to leave for their village, as there was no work and no money to survive
  • many of them complained of not getting any relief from the government, as well as, from their employer

Have you ever seen someone wearing a stylish suit and trying hard to build a house by lifting the bricks or connecting the pipelines by himself? Never correct, the work of that kind is done by that group of people who are not educated and have no knowledge of their basic rights. Perhaps the people in control who are only concerned with making a profit, abuse those people, but can you blame them? Why will they suffer if they receive orders from the top? The explanation is that workers still face these difficulties.
These migrant workers often come from a very humble background to such cities to get employed which will fetch them a good amount of money to survive and send some back to their family in the village. Often the amount earned is exhausted in living due to the high cost of living in cities and soon the bubble bursts, they come to know that now they are tied to this circle, and that begs us to question ourselves, are we purposefully not paying them enough to live in the city or that is what they should be paid because they are not as educated as us?
As we have seen, due to coronavirus, the entire nation has stopped working, because of which the migrant labor had no choice but to leave for their village, as there was no work and no money to survive. Many had run out of food and water. Though relief was promised, a maximum of them did not get any relief from the government, as this being an unorganized sector, to track down each and everyone gets difficult, and since they started moving, tracing them became another issue.
After the end of the first phase of lockdown, when initiated it was supposed to bring back the nation to work again so that the economy is not hampered due to the outbreak of the virus. But due to some incidents, the virus spread rapidly and kept increasing the number of patients. Many were worried, due to laborer traveling themselves if they are not affected by the virus, then they might infect someone, but as data was gathered, it looked like the richer people were the one who was getting affected by the virus, and not the laborer. This begs us to question, are the laborer's immunity stronger than the people who all-day who do not get to live in a clean environment? Or the richer people have a poor immunity system?
Coming down to the help provided to the laborers, many of them complained of not getting any relief from the government, as well as, from their employer. It is not that all of them did not receive anything, but the population at large didn’t get the relief, and that’s the biggest challenge, as many of them had already started traveling by themselves, providing the basis of ration became a huge challenge. We even must question the labor laws of the nation as even they have failed in providing the necessary help to them who required the most.
What the government does in the next couple of weeks would be the most crucial thing for getting the nation back in action and make progress.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETRA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING  FORCE IN INDIA FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 14:04pm IST


Tags : Migrant, labourers

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