More than 2 lakh returnees lost benefits, with months of salary arrears remaining; Expatriates in crisis, need government intervention.
Migration had been there even before Covid, but what Covid triggered was not a migration crisis. Covid created a health crisis. It was we who created the migration crisis. Our flawed policies converted this health crisis into a migration crisis. The underlying logic behind the lockdown was that by controlling the movement of people, we could curb the
spread of the virus.
The first step is to recognise their existence. Unless you identify a problem, you cannot solve it.
Ever since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a tussle between saving ‘lives’ or ‘livelihood’. I have always called for ‘unlocking’ because my concern has been livelihoods while doctors were concerned about lives.