India’s Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Vast Numbers Stranded and Hungry (COVID-19)
On Thursday, the government announced a $22.5 billion relief package to support the millions made unemployed by the lockdown. But it is unclear how much that will help migrants and others in India’s enormous off-the-books work force — believed to make up 80 percent of India’s 470 million workers — who are likely to have trouble getting access to the benefits.
The aid, including cash and food handouts, is tied to registration in national labor databases, which omit many migrant workers, or a home address, which many migrants do not have.
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