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Kavitha Iyer

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Kavitha Iyer works as Associate Editor with The Indian Express, Mumbai.

Far from home, separated from their kids, stranded workers face anxiety, depression
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

From across rented rooms, municipal schools and other places where migrant workers who could not make it out of the city or state are stranded without work or wages, accounts are emerging of desperate calls for help.

For migrant workers without ration cards, a food crisis looms
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

With no work, wages and ration cards to access subsidised foodgrain, activists and organisations providing free food have had to step in to stall the impending crisis for lakhs of the urban poor.

In Ambujwadi slum, a slow return to conditions that brought hundreds of migrants to Mumbai
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Locking down the nearly 1 lakh residents of Ambujwadi, located along mangroves and creekside mudflats in Malvani on Mumbai’s north-western periphery, has not been very successful.

Q&A: We won’t be unprepared. Isolation space for up to 10,000 identified,’ says Malad legislator Aslam Shaikh
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

We have already begun giving Mumbaikars rations for three months in advance, as per the policy. This is for those with ration cards, who usually access PDS foodgrain.

Forced to stay back, lakhs of migrants in cities unclear how to access rations
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

In suburban Mumbai’s Santacruz, for example, where thousands of migrant workers live in shared rented spaces, men from Adilabad were worried about running out of rations through the last few days until good samaritans stepped in Sunday and helped them with bags of rice and lentils.

Maharashtra: No protective measures, sugarcane harvesters stop work
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

At Karad’s Krishna cooperative sugar mill in Satara, following the labourers’ decision not to work, they were released and operations wound down, though the harvest workers will continue to live in the fields until the 21-day lockdown period ends.

Maharashtra: No protective measures, cane harvesters stop work
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

At Karad’s Krishna cooperative sugar mill in Satara, following the labourers’ decision not to work, they were released and operations wound down, though the harvest workers will continue to live in the fields until the 21-day lockdown period ends.

Maharashtra: Flower markets shut, mogra growers stare at deep losses
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

Across Jawhar, Vikramgad, Dahanu and Talasari, thousands of farmers, mostly tribals, have over the past decade diversified into growing the sweet-smelling mogra flower on small patches of land, often on no more than a third or half of an acre.

Migrant workers on way to Rajasthan from Maharashtra stopped at Gujarat border, sheltered in hotel
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Most of the workers reportedly belong to Rajasthan, including many from Rajsamand district, over 700 km away from Talasari. They had walked nine to 12 hours on the Mumbai-Gujarat highway.

Maharashtra: No protective gear, workers continue cane harvest in groups
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

About 2,500 labourers are currently living in cane fields around the Walwa factory, where the crushing season is expected to continue for another three weeks. Labourers have not been provided any masks, the labourer said, nor any information or sensitisation about protective measures.

From factories in Maharashtra, migrant labourers begin the long walk home
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

“Most of the informal labourers live in slums in groups. Only a very small percentage may have purchased their own accommodation if they have lived and worked here for a long time.”

Cloistered in Kuturvihir: Wary of outsiders, village checks visitors for disease
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

And yet, since Tuesday morning, residents have cloistered themselves, a mango tree trunk placed across the road firmly blocking outsiders’ vehicles and their disease.

Maharashtra: Amid panic-buying, fear of market shutdown, govt promises seamless supply of farm produce
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

A panic-buying rush was witnessed on Tuesday morning at APMC markets including those in Nashik, Pune and Ahmednagar, following traders’ calls to close the markets from Wednesday.

Maharashtra borders sealed: Worries mount for stranded truckers near Vashi
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

With state borders sealed and major highways open only for passage of essential goods, tens of thousands of truckers find themselves stranded at truck terminals across the country.

Mumbai washes its hands of lakhs, do’s & don’ts don’t matter here
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

While Maharashtra has seen 45 cases of infections and a death from coronavirus, there has been no evidence of community transmission. But in slums such as these, with population densities among the highest anywhere in the world, social distancing is an impossibility.

‘The goal should not be to scare people, but to start doing the right thing,’ says Swapneil Parikh
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

The authors of ‘The Coronavirus: What You Need To Know About The Global Pandemic’, to be published by Penguin Random House later this month, speak to The Indian Express on the response to the outbreak and challenges ahead.

‘The goal should not be to scare people, but to start doing the right thing’
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Director of Medical Research at Jaslok Hospital Dr Rajesh Parikh, internal medicine specialist and healthcare entrepreneur Dr Swapneil Parikh and clinical psychologist Maherra Desai are authors of ‘The Coronavirus: What You Need To Know About The Global Pandemic’.

Home of Warli Adivasi revolt, Talasari’s loyalty to the Left deepens
Mon, Mar 09, 2020

Nearly 5,000 indentured tribals who gathered here from Thane, Vikramgad, Dahanu and Palghar had refused to work on landlords’ fields until they received 12 annas a day in wages.

Maharashtra: MVA’s debt relief scheme for farmers most extensive, offers formal credit
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

Presenting his budget proposals for 2020-21, Maharashtra Finance Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said that eligible farmers will get the benefit of the waiver before the coming kharif season of 2020, so as to make them eligible for new crop loans.

Modest 3.1% growth in agriculture sector, positive trend only third time since 2012-13
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The previous edition of the state’s Economic Survey had pegged a dismal 0.4 percent growth rate for agriculture in 2018-19, but revised estimates now peg last year’s growth in agriculture at negative 2.2 percent.

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