Aid to the vulnerable
A deadly surge in COVID-19 cases has placed an enormous strain on health and critical care facilities in India, leaving vulnerable families paying a particularly steep price. The Covid-19 pandemic has made life difficult for India’s poorest population that struggled for survival during the initial months of lockdown. Not just jobs and income, but inequalities have also increased in other areas such as healthcare and education during the pandemic.
On the other hand, over 1.70 lakh people lost jobs every hour during the month of April 2020, according to the report. The Centre For Monitoring Economic Research, a Mumbai- based think tank, has often pointed out that the employment outlook is not improving even as the country’s economy recovers. During the initial months of the pandemic, most of the job losses were from the informal sector, which is still struggling. The Oxfam report suggested that 75 per cent or over 9 crore of 12.2 jobs lost due to the pandemic were from the informal sector, where income levels are already low.
Millions of migrant labourers were displaced due to the pandemic and they were left without a job, income and even7 food.”The mass exodus on foot triggered by the sudden lockdown and the inhuman beating, disinfection and
quarantine conditions the informal workers were subjected to turned a health emergency into a humanitarian crisis,” Over 300 informal workers died due to the lockdown, with reasons ranging from starvation, suicides, exhaustion, road
and rail accidents, police brutality, and denial of timely medical care.
Auto Riksha drivers struggled to make ends meet after the 2-month lockdown was announced. EMI had to be paid and their families had to be fed but they had no income for 2 months as everyone was forced to stay home. ROP realized their difficulties and invited 50 of the neediest and gave away grocery bags along with Rs.2000 cash.
100 Tribal families in Orissa were handed out grocery kits to survive the pandemic. These were the absolute have nots and depended solely on tourism and agriculture to survive.
1200 Families who lost their livelihoods during the second wave received grocery bags to sustain life until they got back their jobs.
200 Single Mothers were given grocery bags that sustained their family for 3 weeks.