Giving Migrants their Due
In India, the constitution guarantees freedom of movement and migrants are an integral part of India’s workforce, across a range of sectors. However, they remain unable to access many benefits that are due and owed to them, even as our social protection architecture is becoming stronger. Some element of portability and convergence is being introduced, but many benefits continue to be place-specific, notably food security provided through the targeted public distribution system (TPDS). Based on the migrant-inclusiveness of social protection schemes we suggest that clearer legal articulation, inter-state collaborative frameworks, sensitisation of the ground level bureaucracy and involvement of civil society organisations are all necessary to address this issue. We conclude with specific recommendations for the construction sector.