Thousands of migrant laborers, abandoned by their employers and contractors, found themselves in a desperate situation where basic necessities of food and shelter were taken away from them. Our survey shows that a staggering 42% of laborers mentioned that they had no ration left even for the day, let alone for the duration of the lockdown. 62% of workers did not have any information about emergency welfare measures provided by the government and 37% workers did not know how to access the existing schemes. An estimation and cross-comparison of average wage and number of days of work lost demonstrates that the estimated loss of income is between `4,000 to `10,000 per laborer.
A significantly disturbing data point that emerged from the rapid assessment survey is that 92.5% of laborers have already lost work ranging from one week to three weeks. It is also important to note that an alarming number of workers that are almost 42.3% of workers stated that they do not have any ration left for the day, let alone for the next few days.
Further, about 33% of workers do not have the money to buy it, 14% do not have ration cards and about 12% mentioned that they could not access it in their current location as they were migrants.
Laborers with dependents back in the villages are worried about children, pregnant women, sick, elderly, and disabled members of the household who would be most affected, as they have been unable to send any form of remittances to the dependents back home.
This is an important measure to mitigate the current status of fear and confusion: Lok Jagran Manch - (a Social Volunteer Unit of ACRA) reaching out to them using online tools like Google Forms for surveys, social media communication and creation of credible IEC material for digital and physical circulation.
Your small contribution could provide crucial supplies to help those migrants and their families survive. You could give shelter, food, safe drinking water, cooking and cleaning supplies and other essentials to people in times of need.
Utilisations of funds:
Phase 1- estimations- (10 to 12 days) - 900000 approx
Food- ( Meal, fruits, water ) per person.
1. Wheat flour - 3 kg = 75
2. Rice - 5 kg = 225
3. Edible Oil - 2 kg = 200
4. Sugar - 2 kg = 80
5. Tea - 1/2 kg= 100
6. Pulses (Toor Daal) - 1kg = 60
7. Salt - 1/2 kg = 10.