Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, in India, a huge number of migrant labourers came out to the public places, wanting to get back to their homes. To deal with the situation, the central and the state governments decided to collect information of all those who wanted to go back to their home states. Initially, state governments wanted this data to provide free ration and makeshift shelters to them & later, to curb their reverse migration. Often, numbers presented by civil society were higher than what was being shown by the governments, or, it felt like the government was inflating the figures.
In this episode of The Suno India Show’s Every Indian Checklist, our reporter Vaishali reports on how data about migrant workers is collected during the crisis, to understand the gaps and challenges in this data collection. We reached out to Sushmita from Chennai COVID Fund for Migrant Labour collective, who has actively been helping migrant workers during the pandemic in Chennai, and Father Francis Bosco of Don Bosco migrant services in Chennai.