South Asia - Labour knocked down by the pandemic lockdowns

This write-up deals with the impact of the pandemic-induced lockdowns on India’s poorest workers, who had earlier relocated themselves from rural to urban areas. After discussing the derogative nature of the term ‘migrants’, this paper reviews the travails that these poor workers had to endure while attempting to go home or while staying back in the host urban space. The paper scrutinizes the labour laws reforms introduced by some State Governments during the lockdowns and raises critical concerns that these reforms have overlooked. Finally, it engages with the lackadaisical attitude of the Government towards these poor doubly relocated workers. Read more…