What is to be done about #COVID-19 in #India? "Can we be detached enough to see it as a spectacularly revelatory moment in history? A junction from where we decide which way to go. A moment to pursue debates on #Inequality & #Health Justice."@PSainath_org ruralindiaonline.org/articles/what-… ImageImage
"What to do,#ASHAs survive only on hope,"sighs Uma Patil.Village healthworkers who hold up the nation's primary healthcare system are paid tiny amts,get no benefits & struggle with shortages of supplies & long hrs. Regularise them.Give them protective gear.bit.ly/33Qvf7n ImageImage
The #health & lives of India’s #children, like 5.y.o Kynja are also in the hands of #anganwadi & #MidDayMeal workers. They are already on the frontlines of the battle – they too must be made full #employees, provided proper #wages, given protective gear. bit.ly/2WP2beQ ImageImageImage
Agricultural labourers,when facing displacement & lack of livelihood options,desperately seek daily wage jobs. In this time of crisis, #MGNREGA wages should be given daily to #farmers & #labourers. Urban #dailywagers to get Rs. 6,000/month in the same pd. bit.ly/3arf7M0 Image
Min protective gear, max risk, no holidays, no pay, & ever-lurking disease and death – this has been the fate of millions of vulnerable #sanitation workers for decades, predating the #COVID19 epidemic. bit.ly/2vZ05y4 , ImageImage
On the frontlines of the battle,they must be immediately regularised as fulltime employees of the govts /municipalities employing them & Rs 5000/month added to their salaries.Protective gear & full medical benefits they've always been denied must be given. bit.ly/33TvD55 ImageImage
The spectre of starvation & long aftermath of #hunger predates the #CoronavirusOutbreak for the country's urban & rural poor. Emergency distribution of our 60 million tons of ‘surplus’foodgrain stocks must reach those further devastated by this crisis. bit.ly/2vZ1yo4 ImageImage
High input costs,lack of infrastructural &state support has often made cash crops a risky enterprise.If the present trend persists,going in for cash crops could be fatal.A terrible food situation looms.All farmers must grow #food crops in the kharif season.bit.ly/2UJBOo4 ImageImage

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