AITUC takes serious note of the gloomy situation for several crore of workers , who are migrant/ contract/casual / daily earners to run their kitchens in the wake of lock downs of 75 districts resulting out of Covid – 19 spread. The address of the Prime Minister was too late and too little without any commitments on the part of government for necessary financial package, for necessary steps to be taken to give confidence to the people to allay their fears, the role of govt. bodies in awareness generation on the scientific foundations while curbing myths being spread about precautions and treatments. The government should have come out with financial assistance to working people and businesses in case of shut down due to govt. decision to ensure job security and to safe guard the poor, vulnerable needy sections of the society specially those who are daily / casual/contract/migrant workers. The migrant labour is worst hit, nothing to fall back upon. The financial package to them for the periods of lockdown is must. There should be distribution of food packets and drinking water to all these worst hit people during the lockdown.
There is no specific help and guidelines for safety and security of those who are running the health services, financial, power, transport, water supply and sanitation services etc.
Once again it is proved beyond doubt that it is the govt. sector and public sector infrastructure and services which come to the rescue of the population of the country in disastrous situations, and that the governments are supposed to increase their budgetary allocations in the social sector spending.
It is deplorable that the testing facilities are not sufficient if the cases start rising. Those in health sector and other services sectors performing their essential duties are needed to be having all safety equipment with them and those who come across such patients also need testing. In case of Covid – 19 the major attack comes on respiratory system and the ventilators are life saviours for them but there is shortage in the country. The unscrupulous greedy vested interests have tried to make businesses of loot, out of these difficult times of common people. The fear of masses needs to be converted into scientifically responding attitude to the situation. Those who would be hard hit, not to meet a square meal need financial and food support from the government. All these are the areas Modi government should be seriously acting on.
AITUC while standing with the frontline workers – employees of all essential services and those in health sector doing their best for the populace in difficult times, demands from the Central govt. to come out with the necessary steps on the above mentioned issues. They should also include to spell out allocation of disaster relief funds and medical aid strategy for all, recover NPA funds from corporate, the corporate under their Social responsibility should be made to pay to meet this challenge.
Amar Jeet Kaur