COVID-19 and India’s Labour Migrant Crisis

International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, September 30, 2020

16 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2020

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Rituparna Bhattacharyya

Alliance for Community Capacity Building in North East India

Pranjit Kumar Sarma

Mangaldai College

Manjit Nath

Government of India

Date Written: September 30, 2020

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study is to examine the plight of India’s interstate/intrastate labour migrants that surfaced a few days after the Government of India announced the lockdown on 24 March 2020. Based on secondary literature and using GIS techniques, the study will critically analyse the D-series Census of India data to probe the predicaments of internal labour migrants (especially semi-skilled and unskilled) during the outbreak of a pandemic like COVID-19 who are primarily engaged in the informal sector. In doing so, it will try to probe whether the impact of COVID-19 would unlock positive opportunities for these migrants — generation of a government-mandated database and reformation of the labour laws securing social protection of the workers of the informal economy

Keywords: COVID-19; Labour Laws; Migrant Labour Crisis; India

JEL Classification: 118, 119

Suggested Citation

Bhattacharyya, Rituparna and Sarma, Pranjit Kumar and Nath, Manjit, COVID-19 and India’s Labour Migrant Crisis (September 30, 2020). International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, September 30, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3720492

Rituparna Bhattacharyya (Contact Author)

Alliance for Community Capacity Building in North East India ( email )

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Pranjit Kumar Sarma

Mangaldai College ( email )

Assam
India

Manjit Nath

Government of India ( email )

India

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