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Call to aid: NLSIU alumni launch an initiative to provide food, water to 1 lakh Migrant Workers boarding Shramik trains

The initiative kicked off on June 3, in partnership with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, with a train carrying about 2,000 migrant passengers from Gurgaon to Odisha. Donations for the initiative will carry tax exemptions.

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Alumni of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore in association with NGO Akshaya Patra have come together to help migrant workers stranded amid the COVID-19 lockdown safely reach their home states.

To this end, funds are being pooled to ensure that migrant workers board shramik trains back home with sufficient food and water.

The collective's ground-level work started on June 3, with a train carrying about 2,000 migrant passengers from Gurgaon to Balasore, Odisha.

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Efforts are being made to collect funds to provide food and water to at least 1 lakh migrant workers, who would be provided essential provisions such as bread, biscuits, bananas, Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), chikki (peanut bars) and water for their journey back home.

Images from ground-level work carried out so far
Images from ground-level work carried out so far

Ground-level volunteers ensure that the food reaches the migrant workers. Dry food is being given considering that cooked food may spoil faster during the travel.

"People are on the ground at the moment and are trying to do as much as possible. There will be more trains tomorrow (Friday) from Delhi and Bombay", said an NLSIU alumnus on Thursday evening. "We are spending all our time and effort to make sure the job is done."
Images from ground-level work carried out so far
Images from ground-level work carried out so far

On Thursday, migrant passengers aboard five trains were given the aid, including those aboard trains from Delhi to Jharkhand, Amritsar to Bihar and three trains from Mumbai to Patna, Gorakhpur and Pataliputra.

Apart from providing food and water, the collective is also working to arrange two trains for migrant workers, bearing the costs involved in the same. These trains will ply stranded migrant workers from Mumbai to Ranchi, Jharkhand and from Mumbai to Villupuram, Tamil Nadu.

Images from ground-level work carried out so far
Images from ground-level work carried out so far
Speaking to Bar & Bench, another NLSIU alumnus said that, "We have covered about seven and a half thousand passengers in the last 24 hours. We plan to do this for the next 6-7 days.”

In order to raise funds for carrying out this initiative the coming week, an appeal has also been made for public donations, which carry tax exemptions as Section 80G contributions. Foreign contributions are also enabled.

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A related initiative taken up by NLSIU alumni is the Aahaan Vaahan project, by which migrant workers are being transported back home by flights. Financial support for this initiative is also being sought by the project organisers.

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