The lockdown to contain the COVID-19 brought the issue of social security of migrant labourers to the forefront. Migrant labourers’ exodus has opened our eyes that we cannot ignore their huge contribution to our economy and society. Moreover, the gaps in maintaining the statistical data and loopholes in the laws to safeguard their rights, raised the question on effective functioning of our system. Amendments in labour laws need to be as per labour standards given by ILO. Effective plans to provide them social security, along with improving their working and living conditions are required to be framed.
Social Security, Informal Sector, Migrant Labourers, Pandemic