Migrant Workers Need State-supported Counselling

It feels terrible to see Migrant Workers walk in the scorching heat on roads built by them where we drive our luxury AC cars..where we live in luxurious homes built by them. And they are doing it for hundreds of miles, with their kids in arms amid hunger, exhaustion, mistrust & uncertainties!! Some have even pawned their last remaining or little jewelleries to survive and travel back to their homes!!!

In the Maharashtra train accident case, do you know the 4 Survivors were put along with the dismembered bodies of the 16 Dead, in the same special train they attempted to board after walking 36 kms? There were no reports anywhere of any Govt Official accompanying them. They all hailed from two very remote villages in MP. And 8 among them came from Tribal communities.

It was absolutely heart-wrenching and unfair!!! 💔 What makes us believe that only the rich or the educated ones have psychological issues??

Money is not everything always. Central & State Governments should also counsel them by sending Officials /Psychiatrists /Social Workers for direct interactions with them, to assure them, win their trust back and heal their wounded souls.🙏🏼

Hope things don’t further haunt us in months to come…..

How Odisha may Excel post Lockdown 4.0

Namaskaar

These are some top points that came to my mind for rebuilding and expanding growth of ODISHA state. Pls share your inputs as well.

  1. Ration & Other Essentials Management : with the influx of native Migrant Workers, the distribution quantities and supply chains intra & inter States need to be reshuffled.
  2. Employment Issues :
    • Native Migrant Workers who are going to stay back need to be given jobs. For same type of job, it will be a competition between them and their counterparts already living in Odisha.
    • Skill-sets need to be sharpened or redefined or reshuffled.
    • All these shall apply to both the organised and unorganised sectors.
  3. Space Issues : may not be substantial, wherever the native Migrant Workers’ ancestral or/and self-acquired properties are already in place and litigation-free; and with most of offices going online now, in any case, Real Estate prices must be lowered now; Waste Management and Afforestation to be duly maintained.
  4. POSCO and Vedanta like mega-projects : let’s try to win them back!!
  5. Explore the Bay of Bengal (BOB) : for research on global climatic changes and how to better forecast the weather.
  6. Seafoods : catches have to be done without disturbing natural habitats; explore advanced preservation techniques, marketing and increase exports.
  7. Food Processing Units : pickles, juices, jelly, dry snacks (baddi, lia, papadd, amba-saddha etc. ) – explore advanced preservation techniques, marketing and exports.
  8. Farming & Fruits : explore advanced techniques, graft varieties lawfully, better preservation against pests, bacteria & fungi, and increase exports; ensure direct reachability with Farmers & Fruit-cultivators.
  9. Dairy Products and Odisha Sweets : apply the GI tags as soon as possible; better preservation, marketing and exports.
  10. Deep-Sea Mining, Minerals & Natural Gas : explore BOB and its adjacent Seas but with due regard to the oceanic environment.
  11. New & Renewable Energy : start windmills, install more solar power panels and explore other alternative energy sources.
  12. Defence :
    •  increase presence of Navy and Coast Guards along the Odisha coastline.
    • root out Maoists with “sustained” efforts – allow them to surrender and get rehabilitated, or let them face the bullets!
    • increase R&D facilities in DRDO, Chandipur and also build similar new centres elsewhere in Odisha; these centres should be at least supportive in nature to the existing DRDOs in the country.
  13. ITI and Diploma Trainings : increase various practical sessions for the youth in the state, so that they find at least some good job after they reach the age of 18; also the industries will need their tremendous support. Redefine their work rates, allowances, bonuses, pension plans, volunteer retirement plans, accident coverages, foreign training options, academic exchange programs, etc.
  14. Academia :
    • implement Vedic ways of life in all Schools to enhance discipline, strength, focus and harmony in children i.e. irreligiously!!
    • encourage “fundamental” Sciences, Arts, Humanities & Commerce degrees at par with Engineering or Medical degrees; build more R&D campuses and invite foreign academia, tie-ups, etc.
    • build necessary academies like Law Academy, Music and Film Academy, etc.
  15. Hospitals : increase number of quality Government hospitals throughout Odisha; do not limit things only to Bhubaneswar & Cuttack; there should be all departments including special treatment for Acid-Attack Victims, Intellectually Disabled and people affected with Rare Diseases; information databases must be maintained with other good hospitals in the country.
  16. Make an all-inclusive Society : build proper & permanent shelter-homes, and good job facilities for Transgenders, Acid Attack Victims and other members of similar category.
  17. Panchayats /Sarpanchs : empower them at the grassroot levels; provide them all latest information and adequate support to operate best with transparency.
  18. Sea Tourism across Bay of Bengal (BOB): secure fine-weather cruise expeditions to South East Asian countries.
  19. Art & Artisans (including Textiles mills) : enhance their work reachability and regularize their due sources of sustainability (including pension, allowances, etc.) from both Odisha Govt and Customers.
  20. Historical Revival : of century-old temples, monuments and museums across Odisha; name or rename certain places after the state Freedom Fighters and other personalities e.g. Netaji Nagar, Baji Rout Museum, Mohd. Mohsin Music & Theatre, Ranganath Mishra Law Academy, etc.

Sufferings and Tragedies of the Migrant Workers during Lockdown

Those who are holding the 16 dead Migrants Workers responsible of sleeping on railway tracks in Aurangabad ‘goods train’ case, must take note of the following facts :

  1. Their Employer /Contractor stopped giving them wages and rations.
  2. Hundreds from their native state of MP boarded trains after getting passes. However they couldn’t get it. Then they were told to meet officials at the Jalna Collectorate which they did. But were asked to wait for some more days as the process takes time. (Jalna is 60 kms away from Aurangabad.)
  3. That is when they decided to walk for miles to another railway station Bhusawal, hoping to board a special train there. They were running out of money and rations, and could not wait anymore!!!!! They also took to the tracks to hoodwink the Police.
  4. After walking for about 40 kms, they were exhausted and needed to take rest. They chose the rail tracks at Satana village to rest because it was slightly elevated, and so they hoped it might keep some reptiles away. They also believed no train would be passing through at such a remote place due to Lockdown. Then they dozed off!

This is the account of 4 Survivors who are now on their way by train to MP.

I also “assume” that anyone in their situation would usually choose rail tracks when exhausted because it also offers cold iron rods as some relief in the summer.

  1. The blood-strewn rotis, clothes, few currency notes that were found on the tracks – were brought by them when they started their journey from Jalna where they worked for a private steel company. This was also accounted by the 4 Survivors.
  2. The 4 Survivors tried to wake up all the remaining 16 people from deep slumber. But the noise and honk of the approaching goods train silenced their desperate screams completely!!

Now think who is responsible for the sufferings and tragedies faced by the Migrant Workers ?

Could their rich Employers, Labour Contractors, the respective State Governments or Central Government do nothing at all for them⁉️ What are the IAS Officers and Secretaries for❓

Common Man has also given and is giving various Taxes & Relief Funds, apart from generous donations individually❗

Phir bhi – akheer hua kya ? The Migrant Workers were used and dumped in such a grave situation.

Is any Authority even listening to such kind of repeatitive alarming messages by the concerned people ?

Well…amid the chaos, the “reverse migration” too has started. Only the States like TN and Telangana – with a sheer political will, tactfulness and efficient human-resources management with now very essentially needed address to human-rights of the Migrant Workers, have taken this desired plunge!!! (Check the attached link).

Rest all are simply banking on empty emotions and counting their vote-banks that are yet to hatch…….’Netas’ released and brought back the Migrant Workers without conducting thorough tests..resulting in messy, horrible Covid spikes all over India‼️

And now who is going to give them work at their native places❓ Some have already decided never to step out again. One example – expert plumbers & carpenters from Odisha’s Kendrapara. Moreover, how are the businesses going to be impacted from where the Migration Workers returned❓

They all should have been retained at their respective places of work, and supported by their respective Employers, Labour Contractors, State Government & Central Government. And this support ought to have been holistic, including required mental /emotional counseling.

Bunch of visionless ‘netas’……..

Covid-19: Telangana pays for train, gets back migrant worker ..

Learning Life Skills during Lockdown

Folks,

Positivity and Negativity related to the recent Lockdown : a different perspective……

Raised as a single child, I was brought up in the suburbs without a neighborhood. That means, I had no friends beyond school.

All these happened for 19 years until the late nineties.

I was made to focus on creative activities, book reading, gardening and learning other life skills (though I never could learn stitching..forget knitting!). Sometimes even during normal weekends, 24 hours was not enough for me to finish exploring. Those were the days when one could afford to sleep beneath the sky and watch the cosmos whole night. I am glad Russian ‘Sputniks’, small comets, changing positions of the stars and faces on the Moon are also a part of those beautiful memories.

Further, I was blessed to be in a joint family. So I had my grandparents to narrate real-life stories of their era, and some of mythology and philosophy. Sitting beside them during ‘Mantra Paath’ was made mandatory for me. I couldn’t pick all the ‘Slokaas’..but yes, it did sooth my mind and inspired my soul to a great extent!! The mornings and evenings were very blissful.

So I suggest let’s focus only on positivity and creativity for now. Counselling, Medications, etc. – yes of course, if it’s required. There should be NO stigma attached to it. The brain is after all, an organ!!! But primarily, let’s first try out things on a positive note!

So pls STOP watching sessions of how to deal with depression, anxiety, loneliness, etc. UNLESS you are “really” in need of it❗A person who has practically gone through these phases knows it is no joke or timepass.

Let’s not tell kids that we are grateful to them for their sitting quietly in the living room now. What big deal is that? Let’s gradually teach them LIFE SKILLS and how to pick up varied HOBBIES /ARTS. Space is limited in a flat to play physically. But there’s no limit for positive imaginations. Tell them how a Soldier survives in a bunker for months. Tell them how a Doctor keeps operating for hours continuously during emergencies. Tell them about our Farmers working in fields bearing heat, rain & cold. There are many such examples from history as well as daily lives of the common man. Inspire the kids to be up and doing, instead of pampering them. Affection is a completely different thing.

I have seen 8-YO urban kids making bread-toast and omlette at breakfast, serving themselves and the whole family of four. Whereas in the same period, I see 20-YO youngsters idling in the living-room with smartphones, and seeking a glass of water until it reaches them!! Last year, there was also an instance where a 14-YO teenage at a relative’s place, was managing himself and his studies in a strictly disciplined way (as taught in his hostel), though he knew he was losing his father to cancer and his mother had to be beside in the hospital!!!!

Therefore, it basically depends on what and how we TRAIN kids.

Let’s use the Lockdown phase(s) to correct or initiate ourselves vis-a-vis this special training chapter for kids and youngsters. That was the exact message conveyed by a premier institute in the country to all its students, when the Lockdown-21 began.

Despite the physical restrictions now, let’s stretch our minds like our forefathers did. Virtual connectivity is just another blessing in today’s age. Let not our answer to boredom end there. It’s only a medium to channelize our thoughts and zeal. So we need to do more, and definitely can do more.

Regards..🙏🏼

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