32 Days and Counting: COVID-19 Lockdown, Migrant Workers, and the Inadequacy of Welfare Measures in India

This is an extension of the previous report (21 Days and Counting) by the Stranded Workers Action Network. Till the 26th of April, SWAN has interacted with 16,863 stranded workers of whom 4,024 are women and children. Out of 7,235 people who have received money transfers from SWAN (43 percent of the total), around 19 percent of the workers have requested for a repeat transfer and 16 percent have received repeat transfers. The total amount of money transferred thus far is Rs 22,40,500. This report is compiled on the basis of distress calls received by SWAN volunteers.


Rations and Cooked Food - Food distress is still high, and 50% of workers had rations left for less than 1 day. - About 50 percent of the workers had rations left for less than 1 day which has remained unchanged since the first phase of the lockdown. It increased to about 54 percent for a few days after 14th April but has been steady around the halfway mark throughout the period - 32 days since the lockdown 4 out of 5 workers who reached out do not have access to government rations while 68% still do not have access to cooked food. - About 82 percent (out of 12,248) had not received rations from the government and 68 percent (out of 9,743) had not received any cooked food. This is a 14 percent improvement in access to rations since April 14th, but only a 2 percent improvement in access to cooked meals Cash Availability - With no cash-relief for migrants, 64% have less than Rs100 left with them - With no change since April 14th, about 78 percent of people have Rs300 or less left with them and 74 percent of people have Rs200 or less left with them. - 64 percent of people have less than Rs100 left with them. (This is out of 9,981 stranded workers for whom we have this data.) - More than 97 percent (out of 10,383) have not received any cash relief from the government Wages and Employers - As on April 26th, only about 6% of all those who have reached out to us have received their full wages during the lockdown. About 78% have not been paid at all. This excludes the self-employed workers. - Compared to 11 percent who had been paid partially as in the previous report, 16 percent have been partially paid by their employers during the lockdown
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