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Delhi: Helpline for migrants sees spike in SOS calls

A community of volunteers which has been working a helpline for stranded migrants since final March has reported a spike within the variety of misery calls from migrant staff in Delhi this week.

Stranded Employees’ Motion Community (SWAN) had written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asking for extension of ration to non-holders of PDS playing cards and hire assist within the mild of findings made whereas assessing the wants of those callers.

“Because the final week of April 2021, we now have obtained a deluge of SOS calls from Delhi, which has grown exponentially previously three days. We now have been in a position to assess a complete of 268 calls (comprising roughly 1,200 plus migrants and their members of the family) from Delhi since Could 1, 2021, of which 137 (round 300 individuals) calls had been attended to within the final 4 days,” learn the letter by SWAN members. In addition they said that they had been solely in a position to attend a median of 1 in 10 of the calls made to them, and that these numbers are solely that of the calls they attended.

Echoing the vulnerabilities confronted by migrant staff through the 2020 lockdown, they reported that the wants evaluation finished by them of the callers confirmed that 62% of them had not had a job for 20 days or extra; 85% of the callers had lower than Rs 100 with them on the time of calling; 82% had lower than two days’ value of ration left with them; 53% had not been paid or had been partially paid their dues by their employers; and 63% didn’t have a ration card. In addition they said that many callers had been underneath strain to pay hire.

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