The Madhya Pradesh Migrant Volunteer Team, in collaboration with Zenith Society for Socio-Legal Empowerment, an NGO providing legal aid, has recently launched a Report titled “The Indian Catastrophe: MP Migrants’ Crisis Amidst Covid-19” (“Report”). The Report, which was conceptualised by Rakshita Agarwal (NLUO) and Rohit Sharma (NUJS), talks about the status of migrant workers in Madhya Pradesh amidst COVID-19.
For this Report, about 3000 migrant workers were surveyed. The findings come at an important time and brings to light some startling facts.
Around 56% of the respondents said that they were unemployed since their return to Madhya Pradesh. The average income of the workers also fell. Before the pandemic, only 7% of the respondents earned less than Rs. 250 per day, however after the pandemic the number rose to 35%. In terms of protection under governmental schemes, only 2% of the respondents reported being covered in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The report also points out the shortcomings in handling the pandemic by the government and other policy measures introduced by various bodies. It also discusses how the labour laws don’t grant adequate protection to migrant workers.
The MP Migrant Volunteer Team comprised more than 70 volunteers and researchers, most of whom were lawyers/law students. The initiative was led by Rakshita Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Lakshmi Menon, Niharika Tiwari, Shilpa Shankar and Saiyed Kamil.
You can read the entire report here.
Umang graduated from NUJS in 2019. After that, he worked at L&L Partners before taking up the role of an Editorial Head at Lawctopus. You can find him on Twitter @UmangPod, and read some of his other writings at twodsinapodd.wordpress.com.