Many of you may have read the initiative taken by The National Law School alumni to charter a flight to take 179 migrant workers to their homes in Jharkhand.
The alumni took this upon themselves to conceive and see this initiative through. It was not an easy task - the logistics involved crowdfunding, locating, identifying and screening the migrant workers, organising their way to the airport, making them believe that they're actually going home and then once they land, the Jharkhand government arranges transport for them to their villages from Ranchi and then quarantines them in a facility near their village.
The response was overwhelming - with many more migrant workers calling to say 'we also want to go home,' and the ones who reached sending photographs from their villages - filled with tears, joy, gratitude and utter relief to be back home.
This spurred the idea that communities can indeed continue to help the thousands of more migrant workers, struggling to find their way home. As a group of Cathedral alumni, we can make this happen for 180 people who are desperate to get home. The NLS agrees to help us with this endeavour.
After the first flight, the processes for next flights become more streamlined. Air Asia has been kind to support our initiative to charter a full flight @ Rs. 7,500 per passenger for 180 passengers (Rs 13.5 lacs for a 180 seater plane)
This seems more feasible than buses that are available for charter @ Rs. 7,700 per passenger for 26 per bus and much more time taken for travel.
Please see below the links for the newspaper article that carried the story of the NLS initiative.
Look forward to your contribution - it will be a life line for them to go home.
Take care and hope you and your family continues to stay safe.