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Indian activists urge social protection for migrant workers

Yeni Safak, India, 18 December 2021 - The coronavirus pandemic has "badly" affected migrant workers in India and the government must ensure their social security, according to Indian activists.

Coinciding with International Migrants Day being observed Saturday, activists associated with migrant welfare groups also maintained that the government has not taken adequate steps for migrant laborers.

With a government-imposed lockdown to prevent the spread of infection in 2020, the precarious conditions of migrant workers came to light. Workers were left jobless and had to walk hundreds of kilometers to reach villages.

"The situation right now of migrant workers in India is quite poor. With the loan and the savings lost through the two years, things are very bad for the large section of the migrant workers," said Shreya Ghosh, national convenor of the Migrant Workers Solidarity Network.

Stating that migrant workers returned from their home states for work, Ghosh notes that the home state failed to create job opportunities.

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Source: https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/indian-activists-urge-social-protection-for-migrant-workers-3586301

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