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JBVSS Steps up to Provide Relief Services for Migrant Workers
Submitted by indiacontact on 30 June 2020
Rescue in the Midst of Crisis
After getting information on a possible bonded labour case from a local NGO in Odisha, the Jai Bhim Vikas Shikshan Sansthan (JBVSS) partnered with the Rajasthan Government and conducted a rescue operation. Several boys were rescued and are receiving all necessary assistance.
Focusing on the Most Vulnerable
Realizing much of the government relief services were not reaching migrant labourers, JBVSS focused on providing aid to them. Since the first day of lockdown, they have been serving over 500 stranded labourers a day with packed food kits. Despite the limited resources, JVBSS has worked relentlessly in getting support from the donor organisations and the state government.
Holding Authorities Accountable
When the local officials pushed the rescue to the end of the week, the JBVSS team intervened and played a crucial role in ensuring workers received compensation. As a result of JBVSS’s commitment, the six families who were working in a brick kiln in the Bhilwara District received their wages and were able to safely return to their village in Uttar Pradesh. During their return home, a local organisation in Chitrakoot, Akhil Bharatiya Samaj Sewa Sansthan (ABSSS,) ensured that the families were transported from the station to their village and were provided with relief kits.
Minimzing the Risks of Covid-19
Keeping frontline-workers in mind, JBVSS has also been providing personal protective equipment. They have distributed first aid materials, sanitizers, and masks. To help spread knowledge and safe habits regarding the spread of Covid-19, they have distributed informative leaflets, and have advised staying home.
International Justice Mission thanks JBVSS for their work to provide aid to those outside the reach of government relief services by providing food to the hungry, knowledge and protective equipment for those at risk. Thank you to the local NGO’s of Odisha and the Rajasthan Government for your assistance in rescuing bonded labourers. We thank the frontline workers who are striving to keep their communities safe during these uncertain times. Thank you to the local officials in the Bhilwara District for restoring labourers’ wages. We thank ABSSS for their efforts in the safe return home of the workers.