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Covid-19 Crisis in India - A Study of Migrant Labourers

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept of History, F.M Autonomous College, Balasore, Orissa, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 11, Issue (3), Pages 16-19, July,2 (2022)


India plunged in too deep crisis when Covind-19 invaded India. Covid -19 means corona virus disease. 19 -is used, since it started in 2019. On November 17 in China’s Wuhan province the first case of novel corona virus was reported. The initial case of Covid-19 in India was informed on 30 January 2020. It is one of the malicious diseases which affected India. In order to contain the disease, Govt of India imposed complete shut down from 23 March 2020. When workplaces and factories were shut down, millions of labourers had to face loss of wages, food shortages and doubt about their future. The International Labour Organization (ILO) calculated that due to the virulent disease and lockdown about 400 million employees would be affected. Nearly all labourers in the country originated from, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajsthan and Madhya Pradesh. Although, government policy guarantees that the poor would get supplementary rations due to lockdown, the distribution system unsuccessful as the ration cards are region specific and fair price shops were not accessible. Many labourers travelled thousands of kilometers to reach their destinations without food and sleep. Police atrocities continued during lockdown. The lockdown had been virtually a death sentence for the disadvantaged of the country.


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