Coronavirus: Covid-19

Challenges of Handling Internal Migration due to COVID-19 – Case Study

(Migrant workers from Maharashtra to Bihar, passing through Hyderabad)

Out of 1.6 billion migrant workers all over the World (which is half of the Work force), India has approximately 140 million migrant workers, out of them 40 million fall in the category of informal sector – construction workers, people working in the industries, mostly MSMEs, people having small businesses like mobile repair shops, cycle repair shops, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, car and air conditioning mechanics, helpers in the houses, etc.  These people mostly belong to 5-6 States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal and move to green pastures to more developed States, mostly urban metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangluru, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, etc. where they can earn more and have better living standards. Most of them fall in the informal sector, with some working in formal sector also

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Author: Brig (Dr) BK Khanna, SM,VSM and Bar
The Author, Brig(Dr) BK Khanna is CEO UNDRR ARISE INDIA and Former Founder Senior Advisor and Senior Specialist, National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India

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