COVID-19 has posed one of the biggest challenges across the globe. Almost every country has been under lockdown to prevent its infection and following the social distancing norm. In India too, the lockdown was announced by the Central Government in different phases from March 25, 2020 onwards, which is now being continued by the state governments in different ways. The lockdown has almost stopped the economic activities, leading to mass unemployment. Due to lack of work, millions of people returned homes in their villages.
However, the central government announced an economic package, but due to the government’s policies, millions of families slipped through the cracks of benefits. Digital Empowerment Foundation has continuously tried to raise the issues of such people through all the platforms. Under the COVID-19 series, it spoke about more than 100 million people who have been excluded from the Public Distribution System due to the usage of outdated data, technical glitches like that of Aadhar Card, Biometric Authentication, etc. In the second article, it spoke about thousands of construction workers who fall out from the Delhi Building and Other Construction Welfare Board. And, in the third article of the COVID-19 series, it raised the issue of migrant laborers, who were stuck in the national capital without any work and wages devoid of any kind of social and legal protection.