Leadership role of Adarsh Org.’s Volunteers :
The spread of COVID-19 second wave pandemic world over and efforts to contain it in India have meant an urgent lock-down by the Govt., both at the state and at the national level. O that was set in motion by the Prime Minister as a practice run for social distancing. This was later converted to a weekend lock-down all over the country. Critical to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, given the heightened public health risk, the lock-down adversely impacted the livelihoods and mobility of millions across the country. There have been several discussions around issues of migrant laborers who are leaving the cities across India to go back to their respective villages. People have raised questions around provision of food and ration to the migrants. However, their health concerns have been ignored by the government so far. Even if they reach their villages, migrant laborers have to face violence and discrimination by both local
officials and the villagers.
COVID-19 lock-down flooded streets with migrant laborers which were marching to their villages to find warmth and empathy. Many reached their homes but several failed and died on streets and railway tracks. The current study offers insights on the plight of migrant laborers and impact of COVID-19 on rural economy in India. The major finding of the study suggests 400 million workers in India in the informal economy are at the risk of falling deeper into poverty during the crisis. The low reporting of COVID-19 cases due to low testing will result in community spread. The reverse migration will create excess pressure on the agriculture and rural economy which will result in a significant number of people to fall into abject poverty. COVID-19 will have both short and long-run effect on the rural economy in India. The government economic package contains majorly long-term measures whereas short-term measures such as cash incentive and wage subsidy should be given to save migrant laborer and marginal farmers.
Lock-down has forced migrant workers to return home. Left with no cash savings and duped of overdue wages, their future seems uncertain more than ever.
Farmers have a fixed periodicity of earning twice in a year — after selling the summer crop and the winter crop. But he spends every day. The rotating credit system with local kirana stores helps him survive. Now, this system has collapsed.
Macro-Level: The World Bank Group announced in a statement on Tuesday (19th May 2020) that 60 million people could fall into extreme poverty due to the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic, which would erase three years of progress globally.
According to a new report titled “India: Surmounting the economic challenges posed by COVID-19: A 10-point program to revive and power India’s post-COVID economy” by international management consulting firm Arthur D Little, the worst of COVID-19’s impact will be felt by India’s most vulnerable in terms of job loss, poverty increase and reduced per-capita income, which in turn will result in a steep decline in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The report said “Unemployment may rise to 35 per cent from 7.6 per cent resulting in 136 million jobs lost and a total of 174 million unemployed. Poverty alleviation will receive a set-back, significantly changing the fortunes of many, putting 120 million people into poverty and 40 million into abject poverty,”.
Introduction of Adarsh Org.
Adarsh Shiksha Samiti is a non-profit organization formed by a group of volunteers in Salumber block of Udaipur District in the State of Rajasthan. It was formally registered as an organization in 1989, under the Rajasthan society’s registration act. 1958 with 80G & 12A and later on it was also registered under the Foreign Contribution regulation act.1976. The organization started its activities with the immediate objective of creating mass awareness on various social and economic issues and with the passage of time it has developed a very close relationship with the local community.
Over the years, Adarsh has been able to create a platform from where the various issues related to wellbeing of tribal population can be raised effectively and a solution be sought from the government as well as from the various development agencies working in the area.
Adarsh Shiksha Samiti, Salumber had provided various help to people during this difficult time. The relief work started with identification of people who required food and monetary aid on an urgent basis. It was emphasized to identify the most marginalized groups like single woman, widow, disabled persons,
and pregnant women from the field areas. While working on the relief work, we focused more on Dalit, Muslims and Tribal communities who are living at the margins. By 56 family members, was handed over to local authorities. With guidance and constant sharing of authentic information regarding food distribution and contact details of the entire concerned official in the Rajasthan Government, the teachers and community mobilizers were able to ensure that these families were able to get food. After initial few days of struggle with the administration and other local organizations, we were able to provide dry ration to almost 56 families and cooked meals to almost 12 individuals. Adarsh Org. has facilitated provision of ration and financial aid by filling over 150 forms across the communities. So far, around 56 packets of food and ration have been distributed directly in these communities. In our field area, the coalition has reached 15 villages with Municipalities areas.
Apart from the ration, we are also ensuring that people who are not covered by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana receive supply of cooking gas.
Under the current situation of covid19 and by helping hand of Jiv Daya Foundation, Adarsh org has distributed door to door 228 dry ration kit to the poor and destitute in the 228 families. This distribution was done door to door their houses under the supervision of Mr. Narayan lal sen (Founder of Adarsh Ngo ), Mr. Shashi Bhushan Sen(Secretary of Adarsh Ngo )and with cooperating hand of sarpanch, ward panchs and social workers of four Gram panchyats. The Distribution was done at Banora,Sedri,Payatalab,Kerpura,Nanga,Megwal Basti,Morila,Baroliya, Dharod, Bhanpur, Sundiyawara, Veshma, Dudar,Baba mangri,Rajpura, Schoolfala, Bujfala,Kadiya,Malpur,Ambamata Dam, Wagpur, Motawatfala etc. in four (4) Gram Panchyats i.e Banoda , Malpur, Morila ,Dharod of Salumber block in the Udaipur District of Rajasthan in India.The dry Ration kit contain 10kg wheat flour ,10kg rice ,5kg potatoes,2.5kg onions ,2kg pulses ,1kg sugar, 1kg soya chunks ,1kg cooking oil along with dry red chilli powder and turmeric powder.228 Dry Ration kit prepared in eight days by volunteer staff of Adarsh Shiksha Samiti.
Dry Ration Kit distributed on 11th August 2020 to 16th August 2020 by representative of gram panchyats Mr.Narendra Kumar Meena (Sarpanch-Malpur),Mr.Ramesh kumar Meena (Sarpanch-Morila),Mr.Sashnti lal andMr.Narayan Bhai Meena(X-Pradhan) Mr.Dhul singh Rajput (Upsarpanch-Dharod) and Mr.Parakash Choubisha (Advocate-Banora),Mr.Dinesh Baheti(Social worker-Banora),Mr.Pawan Purbiya (x-Sarpanch-
Banora), Mr.Nathu Bhai meena (Wardpanch-Morila) and Gotum ji, Kika Bhai,Devi lal Meena, Mr.Narayan Sen (Founder), Mr.Shashi Bhushan(secretary) and Mrs.Shilpi Parihar(Manager), Mrs.Meena Varnoti, Mrs.Chanda Salvi and Mrs.Varsha Suthar(Trainors of Skill and education training program) etc