Disha Foundation, an NGO headquartered in Nasik-Maharashtra, working in Health, Livelihood, Legal aid and support with various vulnerable populations in India since 2002, via direct intervention, Research and policy dialogue with regional and National Government.
Disha's vision is to create a just and equal society where every person has equal opportunities for holistic development.
Seasonal migration for livelihood among poor groups is a growing phenomenon in India due to rural impoverishment, rapid industrialisation, and urbanisation. The latest 64th round of National Sample Survey shows a figure of 30 million on internal migration from rural to urban areas. Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Caste groups are more prominent among such migrant population in India. While various estimates based micro-level studies suggest that the figure of migrant workers is close to 100 million (~ 10% Indian population) who contribute more than 10% of national GDP.
Currently, India has few or no structural policies or programmes targeting the migrant issues in totality and this segment of the population still faces exclusion from the various mainstream programmes.
Disha works with an empowerment-based approach, and aims to institutionalize migration into the government system; to create pro-migrant response at the state and central government through appropriate programs and policies.
Disha Foundation is the pioneering organisation of India, working with migrant communities and government authorities to respond to contemporary challenges in Maharashtra and at the national level.
You will find a more detailed look into Disha's Safe and secure Labour Migration Support Program here.
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