Let there be a massive collection of data on all migrant labourAccording to some reports, the migrant labour have begun to head back to their places of work, thousands of kilometres away. Even New Delhi, which is facing a good shortage of skilled labor, is now reportedly getting the labor previously employed in the small units. Obviously, the labor was paid far fewer wages than the locals; this was the primary reason why they got the jobs in the first place.
Now, the State Governments need accurate information on migrant labor. Their place of origin, their family background, and so on: the State Governments need not spend their scarce resources. They can ask the students who are now wasting their time at home to collect all data and fed into databases that could be maintained across the State with adequate controls. This exercise is not required for any selfish reason; it is more for helping them find their feet. They need food and reasonable accommodation, till the time things are normal. Let them get back their jobs: no problem. However, since the virus is going to take 18 months to go out of this world, let us first collect all data and help them to the maximum extent possible. This needs to be a pan-India phenomenon.