Health-Daily Wagers, Migrants and the Homeless
Covid-19: Supreme Court Seeks Report From Government On Steps To Prevent Migration Of Workers
Joint Secretary in the Union home ministry Punya Salila Srivastava said the ministry has already issued orders on Sunday asking landlords to not seek a month’s rent from migrant workers and also to not ask for vacating their property, while the Maharashtra government announced setting up of the 262 relief camps for migrant labourers where they will be provided food and shelter.
Bansal, another petitioner in-person, said medical and safety measures are required for these migrant labourers. She also suggested that sanitisers can be sprinkled on the groups of migrant labourers to disinfect them, and mid-day meal providers should be roped in to provide food.
India Orders States to Quarantine Laborers As Infections Rise
India’s federal government has asked states to quarantine migrant workers for 14 days and prevent the movement of people across borders to contain the spread of the coronavirus across the South Asian nation. Migrant workers will be kept in state-run quarantine facilities, while the federal government has asked states to provide shelter and food to those stranded due to the lockdown measures.
Udan flights support the vulnerable by delivering over 541 tons of medical cargo across the country.
Lifeline Udan’ flights are being operated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support the vulnerable and the homeless. 316 flights have been operated under Lifeline Udan by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers distributing medical cargo worth 531.33 tonnes. The domestic Lifeline Udan cargo includes COVID-19 related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, testing kits, Personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, gloves and such, covering remote areas.
National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd is distributing about 5.88 LMT pulses to about 20 crore NFSA households through ration shops for three months now.
In order to distribute one kg of pulses to about 20 crore households for three months in the country, a massive operation for transport and milling of pulses is underway. In order to meet the protein needs of people during this crisis, the Central government had decided to provide one kg of milled and cleaned pulses to each NFSA household for three months under the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
Support from NGOs:
Health awareness by Pranyas Development Foundation
This NGO seeks to create awareness about the novel coronavirus in slums and villages by going door-to-door and providing masks to families, all while following the basic rules of hygiene and social distancing. This is a good initiative to bust all the myths surrounding the virus and provide accurate information.
Habitat for community
Habitat for Humanity India has put up this fundraiser to distribute a ‘Habitat Hygiene Kit’ consisting of a mask, soap, hand sanitizer, instructional material on hand wash and other personal hygiene items across the country. The distribution of these kits will be done door-to-door via community workers and health workers in consultation with the authorities at the district level.
ChildFund India, a child protection and development organisation has already distributed basic hygiene and sanitation items to more than 16,000 people across the country and has spread awareness on the prevention and management of COVID-19 among thousands. They are also carrying out WASH campaign (Water and Sanitation, Hygiene) to make people aware of hygienic practices key to the prevention of COVID-19.
Vedanta Limited has donated close to 150 crores for preventive healthcare and has also provided free meals to daily wage workers. It has reached out to almost 7 lakh community members in preventing the spread of the pandemic. It had provided more than 5.5 lakh meals to daily wage earners. The company has distributed more than 75,000 units of soaps and sanitizers across communities and has set up funds to support daily wage workers, a class that has been terribly hit in the society due to the pandemic.
Ketto is India’s crowdfunding site fundraising to not only make food for the daily wagers, but also give free masks and sanitizers to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Riddhi Shah, a Mumbai based activist is leading a campaign that will provide masks, sanitizers, hand washing liquid and soaps along with repeated instructions on how to wash hands and avoid contact with too many surfaces. This is extensively being done in the slums and kholis in Banganga, Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Colaba Macchimar Nagar & Dhobi Ghat, Nepean Sea Road.
For the trans community
A citizen-led initiative by Kanaga seeks to help the trans community, which is one of the most marginalised communities in India. Most of them work in the unorganised sector while many of them are unemployed due to lack of opportunities. She is providing them the masks, basic medical supplies and soap to a minimum of 100 transgender persons in Chennai so that they can also stay at home this month, and stay safe.