The lockdown and the pandemic have affected different sections of the society and have particularly rendered the migrant population helpless. One such story is that of Bhuri Adivasi, a 36-year-old migrant worker from Chhattarpur, Madhya Pradesh. Along with her family, she has been working as a contract labourer for the past 3 years in Dharwad, Karnataka. Having no agricultural land in their village, the family relies solely on the earnings from their contractual work for their survival.
When the countrywide lockdown was announced on March 24, 2020, she was among the millions who thought the lockdown to be transient and that things would normalize soon enough for her to resume earning. On the contrary, as days went by, the lockdown continued and the situation worsened. The construction site where she was working was closed, leaving her family in despair.
Helpless with no source of income, she had to migrate back to her village on foot. Upon reaching her village, she was quarantined for 14 days. But things weren’t well in the village either. With no source of livelihood and diminished earnings, she and her family were struggling with essential items especially food.
During a survey, her situation was identified by CASA. We coordinated with our partner organisation, Abhar Mahila Samiti and provided dry ration as well as hygiene kits to her family. This gesture was greatly appreciated by Bhuri Adivasi who expressed her gratitude to CASA and Abhar Mahila Samiti for the support.