SARS-COV-2 infection is grasping all age groups worldwide. It has burden of more than 258344 deaths and 3.66 million diagnosed cases across all the globe. To curb the chain of transmission borders of all the regions are closed strictly. India is tackling this situation with different strategies. While we observe this social distancing and complete closure, we cannot forget a section of our society who are daily wagers. In this crisis they are struck the most. It’s worsening their livelihood. After more than a month of lockdown, there are relaxations on certain activities.
The telephone numbers provided were unanswered and busy continuously. The person with the difficulty had to undergo big turmoil. There are few state public transports services which provide personal safety kit. They have listed the citizens being transferred without any stoppage till the destination. Some news flashed migrant laborers impatiently began their journey back home walking or through crowded containers/cement mixer.
CASE 1: Travel Interstate:
CASE-2: Inter-district Travel:
A 45yrs man old man narrated that his 18 yrs old daughter was student in district 180kms away. She was alone in hostel and stuck due for 40 plus days. He wanted to permission to cross district borders and bring her back home. There was confusion about his locality and heading police station. He was send back to another police station without minor details about the travel. The police handed over offline application. This application requires personal details and maximum group of 11 can travel using one form. The details are kept in the register. There was misunderstanding within the staff whether inter-district transport is allowed. The travel form through an online portal has mandate for uploading fitness certificate and driver details in some states otherwise you can travel easily.
CASE- 3 Hospital response:
Already hospitals have lot of workload due to epidemic and the mandate of fitness certificate has doubled it. Few hospitals made compulsory for the note from nearest police station for the screening certificate for SARS COV. The private sector charged consultation charges and gave the certificate with inspection. There was huge crowd at government hospitals as well as in the open private hospitals. The hospital nurse said “Tya sathich lok ahet aj jastt (most of the people are for that only)”. After uploading the fitness certificates of the next hurdle was mode of transport. The vehicle details are must to be entered for submission of the offline application. If private TAXI/CAB is opted its compulsory to give vehicle details such as model type, capacity of seats, vehicle number and driver details.
Thus, there is complete chaos around the migrant travel. Even within a same state there are variations in the regulations for the interstate or inter-district travel during lockdown. Its tedious process to submit the application. The procedure is mentally and physically tiring with lot of uncertainty hanging with it. There might be possibility to get the infection during multiple visits to various institutes. It is recommended to have separate functioning enquiry helpline accountable with updated process regularly. The contact persons must be properly trained. Also, the regulations should be universal and prepared taking into considered health safety strategy. As the daily changes and revisions occur in the regulations for mobility service provider need to be updated with it. Especially, in the completely unknown situation of this infectious disease we need to cautious about all the sectors of the society. The migration to place of opportunity is choice made after multiple factors. It is necessary to reduce any trouble and avoid torture to people who traveled for different reasons from their home town. I want safety for whole population irrespective of their age, sex, class, caste, creed, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and permanent residency. Lastly, these are only representative information and cannot be generalized. Although, the situation is rarely different than its commonly experienced.