Let the NGOs spring into action in the Indian villagesThe need of the hour is cooked food to be given to the migrants. The Government of India has announced that the MAGREGA scheme will be implemented in a big way in the villages of India, particularly in pockets where the migrants are back from wherever they were working for their livelihood. The five kg of rice or wheat that has been promised to a family is totally inadequate.
In this connection, the NGOs, who have now been active in the urban areas, should now try to mobilize as many resources as possible and ensure that community kitchens supply food to those who really need them. Many migrants have literally walked all the way or found some truck to take them to their villages, at least to some distance. They would be really very tired and exhausted. They need to be given support until they can possibly go back to their workplaces. If they decide to stay back, it is the responsibility of the State Governments to give them some support that should be far better than what has already been done.
The NOGs need to spring into action immediately everywhere in India. As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, those who return from North India or wherever always go back to do agricultural work or engage in some small-time entrepreneurship. The migrant issue, that is Tamil people returning back to their villages is not such a big problem as what will happen in the North of India.