Seven months after millions of migrant workers abandoned our cities to walk back hundreds of miles in the searing heat to their villages, their sordid stories have all but been forgotten. A ‘virtual roundtable’ convened by VMFT highlighted the policies, programs, and actions that need to be in place to prevent such disasters in the future. The report of the roundtable in Hindi, Avaaz, Pehchaan aur Atma Samaan: Pravasi Shramik, Unka Bhavishya, Unka Adhikaar – Ek Rooprekha was released on 22 January 2021 by senior journalist Shri Sudeep Thakur, Resident Editor, Amar Ujala, and senior journalist Shri Ashutosh, Founder, Satya Hindi.
Other speakers at the event included Professor Harishwar Dayal, Director-In-Chief, Center for Fiscal Studies, Government of Jharkhand, Shri Santosh K. Singh, Indian Express, Patna, Shri Mukesh Balyogi, Hindustan, Ranchi, Prof. V.K. Damodaran, President of VMFT, and Dr. Sajitha Bashir, Vice-Chair of VMFT. The webinar was attended by journalists, NGOs, and academics. Dr. Manisha Priyam, Associate Professor, National University of Education Planning and Administration, moderated the webinar.
Release of Hindi publication “Voice, Visibility and Dignity – Towards a Rights-Based Framework for Migrant Workers”. The meeting video link available here. Click Here