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Collaborating for the cause of migrant workers

Jan Sahas’ Migrants Resilience Collaborative initiative aims to support 10 million workers and their families in 100 districts and cities over the next five years

Published on June 10, 2021 at 1:47 am

Balram Kumar, a migrant worker from Chhattisgarh, lost his livelihood during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. Under the MRC initiative, he was registered by Jan Saathi in his village. He urgently needed some source of income to sustain his family. A Jan Saathi helped him and his family to receive a ration card and MGNREGA job card. He is now working in his village with a stable income and regularly receives food grains from the state government. Photo Credit: Ashish Ramesh/Jan Sahas

Jan Sahas means ‘People’s Courage’. Established in the year 2000, it is a community and survivor-centric not-for-profit organisation working intensively in 13 states of India. Over the years, the organisation has evolved a comprehensive framework of Prevention, Response, Rehabilitation and Systemic Reform (PR3) to realise its goal of societal transformation. It works with the most excluded social groups on safe migration and workers’ protection; and prevention of sexual violence against women and children.

Migrants Resilience Collaborative

More than 400 million individuals and their families are involved in the unorganised sector in India. Most of them migrate from rural parts and work as unskilled labourers in the agriculture, construction, and textile sectors. These migrant workers do not have any job security or even access to basic amenities like sanitation or clean drinking water and are often paid less in proportion to their long working hours. It needs to ensure a safety net that prevents families from repeatedly falling back into poverty, ensure safe and stable livelihoods to provide a pathway out of poverty, and ensure the basic rights and dignity of workers. In order to ensure workers’ protection, it has initiated the Migrants Resilience Collaborative (MRC), a grassroots-led multi-stakeholder collaborative of non-profit and philanthropic organisations, private sector and central and state governments. The collaborative is India’s largest non-governmental initiative dedicated to migrant workers and their families. It aims to support 10 million workers and their families in 100 districts and cities (across source and destination) over the next five years.

Women daily wage workers waiting for work at Labour Chowk in Banda District, U.P. COVID-19 lockdown has reduced availability of work in source districts. Tension and fear are visible in the community as they continue to wait for work opportunities at 11 am under the blazing sun.
Photo Credit: Sumit Singh/Jan Sahas

Women migrant workers from Odisha working in brick kiln sites without any safety and protection gears in Telangana. Moreover, they don’t have any infrastructural support for children and family members. Often young children accompany them to these hazardous worksites. Photo Credit: Sumit Singh/Jan Sahas

A total of 57 migrant workers of Tata Projects Limited construction site in Pune received BOCW Cards and safety gears for the worksite. Under the MRC initiative, so far 9,000 migrant workers have received BOCW cards in major metro cities in India. Photo Credit: Vishal/Jan Sahas

Meera Bai and her family from Katni District in Madhya Pradesh received an MGNREGA job card with support from Jan Saathi under the Migrants Resilience Collaborative (MRC) initiative. Similarly, more than three lakh migrant workers in 13 states across India have received MGNREGA job cards in past six months under the MRC initiative. Photo Credit: Ashish Ramesh/Jan Sahas

Satosh Kumar from Hazaribagh District in Jharkhand used to work in a local shop near his home town. He lost his livelihood during the COVID-19 lockdown. Jan Sahas team discovered his situation while conducting the door-to-door survey. The Jan Saathi and district team coordinated with the state government to help him receive a tricycle and has also enrolled him under the Indira Gandhi National Handicapped Pension Scheme. Photo Credit: Ashish Ramesh/Jan Sahas

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