By Malavika Raghavan, and Anubhutie Singh, Dvara Research
This is the third video of our six-part series with Khabar Lahariya, the award-winning rural digital journalism platform run by women in the media-dark hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) to understand how individuals in rural households are managing their financial lives at a time of great uncertainty. Read more about this project collaboration here.
In this third video of a six-part series, we follow migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh who returned to their domicile during the lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. This video finds that upon their return, most labourers struggled to find employment opportunities. It also reports that government schemes announced to support low-income households during the pandemic have had limited reach, at the last mile. In the absence of employment and social security, how have these households been meeting their expenses? How have they been accessing finance to meet contingencies during the pandemic? Will the labourers have to migrate back to the cities for meeting their financial needs? Find out more in this third video of the series…
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