NITI Aayog’s draft national policy on migrant workers

  Mar 07, 2021

NITI Aayog’s draft national policy on migrant workers

Q. What is the news?

Q. What is in the draft?

A rights-based approach

Q. What are the Issues with existing law?

Governance nuts and bolts

Q. What are the ways to stem migration?

Q. What is the importance of data?

Preventing exploitation

Q. What are some of recommendations? 

* The draft asks the Ministries of Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, and Housing and Urban Affairs to use Tribal Affairs migration data to help create migration resource centres in high migration zones. It asks the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to focus on skill-building at these centres.

* The Ministry of Education should take measures under the Right to Education Act to mainstream migrant children’s education, to map migrant children, and to provide local-language teachers in migrant destinations.

* The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs should address issues of night shelters, short-stay homes, and seasonal accommodation for migrants in cities.

* The National Legal Services authority (NALSA) and Ministry of Labour should set up grievance handling cells and fast track legal responses for trafficking, minimum wage violations, and workplace abuses and accidents for migrant workers.