A Critical Analysis on the Issues and Challenges faced by the Migrant Labourers of India on the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Swastika Nandy
LLM (Corporate and Commercial Laws)
School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India.

Volume III, Issue VI, 2020

This article verifies the Migrant workers’ present status in India and looks back into the evolution and the very idea behind migrant labour. Initially, the concept of migrant workers seemed to be beneficial, but later there had been certain repercussions. The article focuses on such consequences faced by the workers, the work conditions under which the migrant workers are made to work, and their facilities. The basic idea behind writing this article is to bring out the issues and challenges faced by the migrant labourers and to what extent the idea of economic growth has become fruitful by adopting the concept of migrant labour. In the later part of the article, the researcher states about the laws under which the fundamental rights and Human Rights of the Migrant are protected, i.e., its practical implications. Emphasis is put on the upliftment of women migrant labourers, the work conditions they are put to, the discrepancy in the wage rate, the nature of work, and the hygiene facility provided to women migrant workers. In this paper, the researcher also highlights the condition of the migrant workers’ children, where mostly it is witnessed that they are brought up in a miserable condition and are deprived of various facilities. The paper discusses the status of Migrant workers before the Covid-19 pandemic and the hurdles faced by them in terms of wages, working conditions, nature of work, and various financial and medical crisis the workers had to go through the post the outbreak of the pandemic.

Keywords: Migrant Workers, Fundamental Rights, Human Rights, Covid-19 Pandemic.

DOI: http://doi.one/10.1732/IJLMH.25300