- After the lockdown, local administrations have identified that nearly 1.3 lakh migrant workers stranded in the city, in which 68,000 migrants were living the hostels provided by their respective companies and the rest of 62,000 migrants were staying outside their workplace. Out of these 62,000 migrants, 30,000 migrants are not even on the payroll of any companies. Since they are working in job order companies they do not permanently work in one place. The district administration seeks out help from local NGOs to meet out the needs of these left-out migrants and reached VIZHUTHUGAL by sharing the location and details of the migrants who are suffering without food for days.
- While thousands of migrant laborers in Tiruppur remain clueless about returning to their native villages in Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Rajasthan amid confusing signals from the government, industries in the district are also anxious about the possibility of huge labor scarcity. Recently, the Central government announced that for the benefit of stranded migrant workers, States would be allocated 5 kg of rice per person and 1 kg of “Chana dal” per family, all free of cost, during May and June in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- So far we have covered 6000Migrant Families that including individual Migrant Workers from 16 different hamlet villages/ wards in Tiruppur with relief kits
- Psychological Care for Inter-state Migrant Workers
With the help of professional Psychiatric Social Worker, Vizhuthugal has counseled 70 victims of inter-state migrant workers who were in stress from Thekkalur, Olaikattu Thoppu and Paramasivam palayam villages of Avinashi Block, Tiruppur due to lockdown. These migrants are basically from Bihar and Odisha. They are in this location for the more than 5 years and currently working in nearby garment unit. These people are prone to various social, psychological and emotional traumas in such situations, emanating from fear of neglect by the local community and concerns about wellbeing and safety of their families waiting in their native places. We also made sure that the local community treat every migrant worker with dignity, respect, empathy and compassion and Listen to their concerns patiently and understand their problems.
- Awareness on Health & WASH
Awareness on the eradication of manual scavenging was given to Block Development office staffs and Sanitary workers in Devampalayam area, Tiruppur District. Block Development officer and SHG Block level federation leaders, local body members participated in the awareness program. Vizhuthugal Director spoke about the health and safety of Sanitary workers in the working places.