In association with Aajeevika Bureau, the Sthalantrit Adivasi Shramik Manch has helped adivasi migrant workers to raise their voices in the Gujarat elections. 27 out of 182 constituencies in the Gujarat state assembly are reserved for Scheduled Tribes, but politicians continue to ignore the invisible Adivasi migrants working in Gujaratís thriving commercial centres. The Manch calls for urgent action to support the Adivasi migrant population and ensure that migration is safe, secure and beneficial to migrant families.
Aajeevika Bureauís Centre for Migration and Labour Solutionsí housing study on Ahmedabad, outlining three housing typologies amongst migrants, has been published in two separate articles in Counterview.
Following on its Policy Roundtable in association with the ILO, the Kerala Government has committed to include Migrant Resource Centres and a 24/7 LabourLine to resolve wage disputes and wage theft. These promises have been incorporated into its Planning Commission 5-year budget.
The Primary Health Centre in Nithauwa is now run by Aajeevika Bureauís health unit with government funding. The PHC reports four times as many admissions, deliveries and immunisations, including emergency treatment, compared to when it was purely government-run. 134 patients are treated each day at the PHC, while the PHC delivers a minimum of three follow-ups after birth. The Centre offers a 24-hour service, and boasts an equal number of admissions during both day and night.
Following on Aajeevika Bureau and the ILOís Policy Roundtable in October, the Bihar government has agreed to prioritise migration as a key issue facing the state. Aajeevika Bureau and the ILO called upon Bihar, as the largest Ďsendingí state in India, to champion the labour rights of migrants. The Bihar Department of Labour Resources will enter into an Memorandum of Understanding, with Action Aid and Aajeevika Bureau, to set up Migrant Resource Centres in the state.
With IKEA Foundationís support, Aajeevika Bureau will be deepening its work with women, children and girls from high migration, adivasi areas of southern Rajasthan. Over the next three years, we will work closely with 15,000 migrant households. Through a convergence of key services and interventions, such as primary healthcare for families, improved nutrition and development of young children, access to critical public entitlements, empowerment of women, and skills training of adolescent girls Ė we hope to improve basic capacities and strengthen livelihood outcomes of these vulnerable families.
Aajeevika Bureau joins forces with Safe in India - a civic initiative in Gurgaon supporting industrial accident victims and enhancing worker safety in the automobile Industry.
The two teams are excited to enter into this partnership. Looking forward to a great learning journey together and making labour safety and dignity an integral part of our dreams of a better India.
We are excited to share that Labour Line, the toll- free helpline run by Aajeevika Bureau to provide dedicated counsel and support to workers in distress, has recently received formal recognition from the Department of Labour and Employment, Government of Rajasthan. The impact of this has been extremely positive- the average number of calls has spiraled following the signing of the MoU. In the last 3 months, we have received an average of 1000 calls per month, where we have been able to achieve a resolution rate of 60%, facilitating a total compensation of Rs. 58,21,603 to workers in the last quarter alone.
In collaboration with the Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare (BoCW) Board , we have also set up facilitation centers across 5 blocks in Southern Rajasthan to enable the linkage of workers to different schemes. We also actively provide information on various BoCW schemes through the Labour Line and encourage workers to get enrolled. We hope that this will be a high-impact partnership that has the potential to provide a real solution to the problems faced by workers in the informal sector.