Covid -19 Relief work in Ashalaya, Bangalore
India’s move to put the country under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic
disproportionately hurt the informal sector. Right from the start, the fight against COVID-19 has
caused suffering to the poor. Worst of all was the lack of anticipation that without work, savings
or food, migrant workers and their families would want, and attempt to rush home. When the
rush could no longer be ignored, it still took five weeks to announce the resumption of trains.
When the train resumed, it was observed that hundreds of migrants would gather in front of
police stations every day without food or water waiting to get their train tickets to their native
states. There were millions of Indians trudging across hundreds of kilometers- some even losing
their lives in the attempt to get back home have brought forth the severity of the ruthless
lockdown. It’s only now, with the images we see everywhere, that many people in the country
have begun to see and understand the sheer number of migrants and the difficulties they had to
undergo during the lockdown.
In spite of the announcement of the easing of the lockdown, industries are yet to function. The
daily waged laborers have deteriorated. They do not have any buying power and were in dire
need of continued assistance to prevent starvation. Many of the migrants chose not to return to
their native states because they had to undergo forced quarantine on crossing state boarders and
also face problems like being prevented from entering their villages by the locals for fear of
spreading the virus which resulted in many of them staying back.
because of the timely support provided by our benefactors to be able to reach out to migrants and
daily waged labourers during the COVID-19 lock down.