The Novel Coronavirus has hit India leaving the government with no other option than a complete lockdown to contain its spread. Lockdown is an extremely testing time for all people especially for daily wagers, contract laborers & all those whose livelihood depends on day to day earnings. They will be the biggest victims of the lockdown even before COVID-19 enters their communities.
Income inequality is a harsh reality in India, with a large segment of the population having to work daily for their sustenance. The biggest question is how will they feed their families? These people do not have the financial resources to stock up supplies even for a week. Yes food, without which one can survive.
More than 90% of the country’s workforce is estimated to be in the informal sector. The Economic Survey 2017-2018 had said that 87% of the firms in the country, representing 21% of total turnover, are purely informal, outside both the tax and social security nets. As revenue streams of firms get impacted, employment, particularly of daily wagers and temporary workers, will be in the firing line.
There has been a growing demand for financial assistance to workers from the informal sector, The livelihoods of domestic workers, Domestic help, cooks, and maids, street vendors, auto or rickshaw drivers, construction and utility workers are at risk.
We need to plan better to accommodate the needs of those who cannot feed for themselves in a situation of reduced or no demand in some cases,
We need 5000000 = 2500 families x 3 weeks of ration x Rs. 2000 per kit