The COVID 19 pandemic has affected the lives of many people. The Plight of migrant labourers, daily wages worker, and refugees cannot be explained in words and its heart-wrenching. India is home to a large number of refugees from various countries.
Pandemic has pushed back many people to the place from where they had started their journey. Society is now witnessing huge economic losses leading to massive unemployment.
SSRC (Social Science Research Community) has organized a national level webinar covering the topic ‘COVID 19 and handling of the migrants: Kerala Experiences’. As per labour commissioner of the Kerela government ‘Prnabjyoti Nath’ land labour and capital-labour is the core development process.
The was started with a welcome note from Prof. Akhil Ranjan Dutta, President, SSRC, India and was moderated by Dr Sreeparna Bhattacharjee Assam University, Dr Monalisha Roy Choudhury Bikali College and Dr Sahana Bhattacharjee Gauhati University. More than 100 people were a part of this webinar.
Nath has closely dealt with the migrant labour crisis. In the webinar, Nath said, “Kerala migrant workers are the partners of the development processes and therefore they are considered as guests to the state.” Later he added that the Polywood industry in Assam is the most important part which drives maximum migrant labourers from Assam to Kerala.
Nath was appointed as the labour commissioner of the Kerela government just before the COVID 19 crisis. He has handled migrant works in the state and he closely monitored and took care of their food, shelter and transportation in convergence with all other related departments.
Due to rising cases of COVID 19, the government imposed a long lockdown. During the lockdown there was an exodus of migrant labourers from the centres of economic development. Pandemic has impacted livelihood, and has caused loss of shelter and square meals a day to these migrant workers.