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Migrant workers head home in coronavirus lockdown, exposed and vulnerable

Unlike countries such as South Africa, which follow a right-based approach giving social security to everyone who joins the workforce, India sticks to an employment-based approach

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Coronavirus | social security | Lockdown

Somesh Jha  |  New Delhi 

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Zeenat, who works in a garment factory in Delhi, says she wants to go back to her village in Uttar Pradesh as she won’t be able to make her ends meet in Delhi due to the lockdown. Photo: Somesh Jha

Durga Prasad, 34, made a life-changing call to his family living in Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh) last Saturday to say he was headed back home as his garment manufacturing unit was closing down for the next 15 days. This was a day before the Delhi government had announced an official in the national capital.

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First Published: Wed, March 25 2020. 22:32 IST
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