UPSC GS PAPER-4 CASE STUDIES WITH DR. VIKRAM SINGH, IPS RETD. EX. DGP (U.P.) & CHANCELLOR NIU
Migrant workers have always remained at the socio-economic margins of our society, silently serving as the instrumental labour force of urban economics. The pandemic has brought them into national focus.
On announcement of a countrywide lockdown, a very large number of migrant workers decided to move back from their places of employment to their native villages. The non-availability of transport created its own problems. Added to this was the fear of starvation and inconvenience to their families. This caused, the migrant workers to demand wages and transport facilities for returning to their villages .Their mental agony was accentuated by multiple factors such as sudden loss of livelihood, possibility of lack of food and inability to assist in harvesting their rabi crop due to not being able to reach home in time. Reports of inadequate response of some districts in providing the essential boarding and lodging arrangements along the way multiplied their fears.
- You have learnt many lessons from this situation when you were tasked to oversee the functioning of the District Disaster Relief Force in your district. In your opinion what ethical issues arose in the current migrant crisis?
- What do you understand by an ethical caregiving state?
- What assistance can the civil society render to mitigate the sufferings of migrants in similar situations?