The alumni network of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad (NALSAR) has taken up the task of transporting about 209 migrant workers, including children, back to their homes.
Recently, the alumni network of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore facilitated the travel of 174 migrants from Mumbai to Rannchi, via a chartered Air Asia flight.
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So far as the project initiated by the alumni of NALSAR is concerned, they are presently undertaking two projects: (1) Funding for transport by air from Bengaluru, Karnataka to Raipur, Chattisgarh; (2) Funding for transport by bus from Asind, Rajasthan to Chitrakoot, UP.
Bengaluru to Raipur
Under this project, 174 workers and their children, including several infants, will be transported from Bengaluru to Raipur, via an Indigo flight.
This will be done in collaboration with Loving Migrant Workers Network (LMWN) and Samerth Charitable Trust (Samerth) who will arrange for air travel on this route, and further with the Azim Premji University that will arrange for ration kits and food for these people when they land in Chhatisgarh.
The total cost for this project is estimated at Rs. 16 lakhs, including funds for documentation, health screening and food during travel.
Asind to Chitrakoot
Under this project, the alumni will facilitate bus-travel of 9 migrant worker families, comprising of 20 adults and 25 children, from Bhilwara district in Rajasthan to Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh.
They are brick-kiln workers who were stranded in the state of Rajasthan during the lockdown. These families were stranded on the road with little money and no shelter, water, and basic amenities, forcing them to undertake a long journey to their homes, on foot.
The alumni group has resolved to facilitate their travel, in collaboration with Jai Bhim Vikas Seva Sanstha. The total cost for this project is estimated at Rs. 1.2 lakhs, including funds for travel, food and ration to sustain the workers when they get home.
Further, as an immediate assistance to meet basic needs, they will provide cash support of Rs. 1000 to each of such migrants.
The network has ensured that apart from travel, the workers will be provided will all logistical support including end point pick up/ drop off, food, water, protective gear, ration kits and cash transfers to help sustain upon arrival at home.
The entire project is being coordinated in association with an NGO run by an alumnus of the NALSAR itself, and they are presently under the process of raising the total funds to the tune of Rs. 18,00,000/-. Donations for the same may be made at: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-foodshaala-foundation?user=existing#
"With more funds being raised in the coming days, we believe that we can together create a much greater impact, potentially save lives, and certainly alleviate much suffering. Given that the COVID-19 crisis is not even close to abating, let alone past its peak, it is crucial that you continue to contribute generously to help those whose livelihoods and homes have suddenly been snatched away.
We are in the process of evaluating further priorities and making arrangements for further routes for transport, as well as food, medical supplies, and sanitary supplies. With your continued support, we can make a difference in the lives of many," one of the alumni said.