Totally shattered, Radha Devi 35, living in ramshackle, derelict tworoom hut in the labour colony, attached to Transport Nagar, Dehradun, was reduced to tears; once again she had to return empty-handed for not finding any work at the truck depot as no goods were coming to the city, following the lockout. She had migrated with her family from Bihar 15 years ago, when the construction boom hit Dehradun. She along with her husband, also a labourer, engaged in loading and unloading goods in trucks, and three children were living on a fringe, but surviving. Now after the nationwide lockdown, even this was threatened, so were millions of other disenfranchised and deprived labourers, mostly migrants, all over India. Radha was shocked to see a group of four people standing outside her hovel, holding a bag. ‘Sakhi (friend), we were waiting Survey by DNRS team for you. Take it and feed your children,’ welcomed Kavita Krishnapallavi of Stri Mukti League.
Stri Mukti League is a Dehradun based forum, working for women’s empowerment. During the present global crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic they are helping disenfranchised and deprived labourers, mostly migrants, from all over India. They help them by handing them a bagful of dry ration, containing 5 kg wheat flour, 5 kg rice, pulses, sugar, potatoes, onions, oil, spices, salt, soaps, toffees, and biscuits.
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Joining the Dots Ecosystem services. Climate change. Global pandemic.
In this article, Biba Jasmine reflects on the linkages among ecosystem services, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The important components of ecosystems are also discussed with a focus on policies in place.
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