Imagine your newly elected prime minister (PM) or president addressed the nation about his big new vision for the country and the plan to accomplish it. That is indeed good news for the country that has gone through a tough period of war and depression.
The PM gave an open invitation to join in and asked his office to assist in this noble mission. He wanted to bring great minds together for this task. He described their responsibilities and milestones and clearly explained how the possible future could be achieved.
People started enrolling as the office ran a recruitment campaign to influence people to join. Reports were going to the PM that the recruitment task is going in full swing. …
By the time the second lockdown ended, many migrant daily wagers were already jobless for almost two months. Many of the construction workers had no salaries since January. With no income to buy groceries and unable to pay rent in the city they had worked so far, they were anxious to go back to their villages. But there was no transportation due to continuing third lockdown. Many were willing to walk or ride even upto 2000 kilometers rather than stay as they could not find much help either from the employers, contractors, or even the Government.
After much pressure, the Government planned to run Shramik trains to different parts of the country. To travel by these trains, daily wage migrants could apply for a pass. They have to go to the nearest police station or the temporary shelters for registration. After they get registered, they wait at the shelter or return home until they hear that a train is scheduled. Before boarding the train, they undergo medical screening. Then they are taken to the railway station by bus. …
This story is narrated by Anita Kanaiya of ‘The Freedom Project India.’
On Tuesday, June 9th, I first got a Whatsapp message regarding two girls from Afzalpur who were in a crisis and desperately wanted to go back to their village in Orissa.
“My name is Margarita. My cousin Elisabeth and I want to go back to Orissa as we have no job and no money to survive as school teachers.”
The message came through an unknown person in a group that I was a part of that was responding to the needs of migrants. Help Migrants Bengaluru is a group of volunteers from different churches who came together to respond to the migrant crisis. It is a mass exodus of workers from urban cities to their villages in the most hazardous conditions. …