India is under a spell of the migrant crises is an understatement of the century. Maids, daily wagers, waiters, construction workers, farmers for hire, cobblers, washerwomen are all migrants and are intrinsic on how the economy is run although not on a gargantuan scale. We are under Lockdown 4.0 which is going to come to an end soon with only God in the know with what lies in store.
Recently, the migrant crises have taken centre stage with heart-rending stories of hunger, thirst, travelogues on foot over hundreds of kilometres and death due to a lackadaisical attitude of the powers that be with no small measure attributed towards the sheer numbers travelling across the length and breadth of the country.
Mainstream media and Social Media are filled with stories of deprivation and general apathy towards the lower strata of society or the migrants but the last thing on their minds would have been the migrants taking FLIGHT.
A Delhi village in the last 72 hours came into the national subconscious with a story that would please many and assuage pain for the umpteen stories otherwise. Tigipur village in the national capital Delhi has a mushroom farmer called Pappan Singh who had not only fed his labourers but also given them shelter for the last two months during the peak of the lockdown.
Pappan Singh sent 10 of his labourers on a flight by sponsoring tickets worth Rs. 70,000 so that they may return to their native village in Saharsa district in the interiors of Bihar.
The initial thought was to transport the migrants through the Shramik Trains being run but with summer temperatures hovering beyond 43 degrees Celcius, Pappan thought otherwise and sent them on their first flight instead.
Some of the organizations or NGOs(Non-Governmental Organizations) working for the migrants/needy across India are Working Peoples’ Charter, Oxfam, The Rotary Club, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), The Indian Hotel Company Limited (IHCL), Project Umeed, Goonj, Ankuram, Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Mission Sewa Society, Theruvoram, Earth Saviours Foundation, Chippa Samaj, Stranded Workers Action Network to name a few.
To borrow a tagline from the ad jingle of the Sahara group:-
Bharat hai Hamara, Hum hai Sahara loosely translated is Bharat/India is ours and we are the support.