The COVID-19 crisis will results in the deeper poverty of the grass-roots community, with the lockdown. The containment measures affecting the jobs and earnings of a huge population. Though the dreaded Coronavirus is supposed to be indiscriminate, the effects of COVID19 are disproportionately disastrous for people from the margins - daily wage laborers, migrant workers, women, sex workers, sexual minorities, and others.
As an effect of this Curfew, the laborers of the Textile Supply Chain struggle a lot. The western part of Tamil Nadu is the textile hub of India. It exports textiles all over the world. Due to the lockdown imposed for the control of spreading coronavirus, the people working at the Textile supply chain were affected economically as they lost their income. The Inter-State Migrant Workers are affected worst in this lockdown.
The whole Tirupur, Erode, Coimbatore, and Namakkal face a very big economical threat and its workers are affected drastically. So many people lost their income, lost their job, lost their lives, etc. It is really hard to survive. In recent periods some of the textile industries are started functioning with a limited number of laborers. Even after the end of lockdown lay in the 1st wave of Covid-19 pandemic, so many couldn’t go for work due to poor transportation. In this situation, there are so many hikes in the cost of goods which are essential for day-to-day life. It again affects the poor people, especially people living in rural areas. Most of the people are having 1 or 2 meals a day and suffering highly from Poverty and Hunger. Still, the economic fall that happened as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the 1st wave is not built, in this scenario, the second Covid-19 pandemic is increasing at a rapid rate. The number of infections and deaths is increasing day by day. The effects of the second wave are much cruel than the first wave and the spread is at the express speed.
As of 29th April 2021, the total number of active cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,11,761 and the death is 13,924. In particular, with Erode and Tirupur the active cases are 2799 and 2689 respectively and the death cases are 159 and 236 respectively.
In the second wave, the lockdown00 has started with some relaxations and the situation may tend to the Full Lockdown to save the lives of the public. In this scenario, many of them lost jobs due to the downfall in the business economy, and most of them are paid a low salary. Many of the shops, hotels, industries were shut. The economic impact on the vulnerable will be double than before and they need to be identified for extending the support.
READ has done various interventions in the First Wave of Covid-19 Pandemic to support the highly vulnerable communities. READ has extended its support through Awareness Campaigns, Advocacy, and Lobbying, Emergency relief aid distribution, Monetary assistance, Health Intervention, etc. READ has also planned the mitigations with foreseen. It focused on the groups of Inter-State Migrant Workers, Textile Industry Workers, Agriculture Workers, Sanitary Workers, Tribes, Differently Abled and Senior Citizens in the area of Erode and Tirupur District of Tamil Nadu.
Now, READ wants to assist the vulnerable people and to support their economy in the Second Wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. READ planned to support them by…
- Providing Emergency Relief Aid to 1000 families to balance their daily needs of Food and Nutrition where each ration kit costs rupees. 1,200.