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Letter to BS: Extended lockdown has exposed the plight of migrant workers

This 140 mn strong migrant labour is vital to our economy, yet their status remains undefined

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Police baton charge migrant workers during a clash following their agitation seeking arrangements for them to return home, amid ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, in Surat. Photo: PTI
It would be a pity if we now fail to incorporate the exploited labour in the new scheme of things

This refers to the editorial “The govt's ad hoc response has worsened the migrant worker crisis” (May 5). The extended has exposed the plight of the India of the sixties had dignified the rural economy. Rural infrastructure support, that would have sustained income levels in agro-slack seasons, was soft-pedalled, resulting in migration. Now, as restless immigrants tried to set off for their villages, employers leveraged the to block the exodus in order to ensure continuity to their farm and factory outputs. This 140 mn strong migrant labour is vital to our economy, yet their status remains undefined. China has 300 mn, but it provides them more congenial work environment. It would be a pity if we now fail to incorporate the exploited labour in the new scheme of things.

R Narayanan Navi Mumbai



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First Published: Tue, May 05 2020. 23:11 IST
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