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The pandemic brings in stories of the commitment and dedication of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff on a daily basis. We are constantly reminded on how invaluable healthcare professionals are to our own survival. Only they can be counted to save lives. And, when they are in short supply, as hospitals in Mumbai’s suburbs found, no price is too high to pay, The Print reports.

IndiaSpend reports on how a little bit of lateral thinking and acting can reverse what seemed like an inevitability – the unbridled and mass exodus of migrants to their homes - as Kerala has done. And, Down To Earth calls for instituting an urban version of MGNREGA for the urban workers, who are as much in need of a social security net, as their rural counterparts.

For these and other equally incisive stories from the Foundation’s grantees, read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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There’s a price war to hire doctors & nurses in Mumbai’s Covid-hit satellite cities

As Mumbai battles the pandemic, and doctors and healthcare staff are hard to find, civic bodies in Mumbai’s satellite towns, such as Navi Mumbai and Thane, are vying with each to entice them. The result – massive pay hikes on offer and an all-out price war. The going rate for an intensivist - Rs 2.5L a month. The Print reports that the shortage is so acute that interns, MBBS students and even AYUSH doctors are being pressed into service!

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When Millions Rushed Home, A School Programme Gave Kerala’s Migrants Reason To Stay

The stark images of anguished migrants walking their way home has been seared into our consciousness. However, IndiaSpend reports on the efforts in Kerala which has been able to buck this trend and retain migrant families through its targeted education initiative - Roshni. Through TV broadcasts, video streaming and a robust volunteer network, the scheme has been able to retain about 90% of migrant families whose children are enrolled in the programme.

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Wanted: An urban equivalent of MGNREGA

Down to Earth (DTE) argues that while rural workers have access to MGNREGA, even though imperfectly implemented, their urban counterparts lack any such safety net. As a result, the urban workers who include street vendors, construction workers, delivery agents, maids etc. are the hardest hit - left without work and income in times of an imposed lockdown. DTE suggests that this is an opportune time to work towards a National Urban Employment Guarantee Programme that would give urban workers a legal right to employment.

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How Kannagi Nagar Is Beating COVID-19, One Mask At A Time

As metros continue to show a rising number of infections, densely populated areas with low-income residents across major cities, are aggressively tackling the spread of the virus. The Lede profiles the efforts by local bodies in Kannagi Nagar, a slum resettlement project in Chennai, where they are successfully and effectively working with community volunteers to enforce hygiene, social distancing, disinfection and access to essential services.

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COVID-19: 7 Things Bengaluru Can Do to Get on Top of Its Surging Case Load

From being the poster child of how to combat COVID-19, Bengaluru has gone to being the newest hotspot in surging COVID-19 cases – averaging close to 1,500 cases and almost 50 deaths per day. This has led to week-long re-imposition of a lockdown in the city. The Wire analyses the measures that Karnataka’s capital can adopt to turn the tide.

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More from the grantees
Post-COVID Era: Redefining Urban Planning
The Bastion explains how better urban planning can help in managing pandemics in densely populated metros, which have been responsible for the bulk of infections.
Why Parliament should convene & debate in times of COVID-19
Suno India speaks to experts to understand how other democracies have dealt with legislative duties during COVID-19 and why it is important for the Parliament to convene and debate during the pandemic.
Are schools ready for the post-lockdown world?
India Development Review analyses a survey of school in Karnataka, conducted by a non-profit, and lays out the concerns that the schools have in restarting after the lockdown.
महोबा में छोटे-छोटे बच्चे बीन रहे गली-गली जाकर कबाड़
In the wake of the lockdown, Khabar Lahariya reports on the deplorable plight of young children in Mahoba, UP, who have started collecting junk and selling them in the market to earn a living, as their parents are left without the means to earn a living.
Chinese App Vs The Tradition Of Bar
Is refusing to appear on behalf of an ‘enemy’ client, hailed as a display of patriotism, really so? Live Law debates the issue and asks if this goes against the traditions and ethos of the bar.
Why Did Telangana Under KCR Lose the Plot Against COVID-19?
The Wire reports that living in denial, abysmal planning, refusal to acknowledge alternative voices and resort to politics by the Telangana government has led to the shocking state of affairs in the state.
Who Is Responsible for Custodial Violence?
In the wake of the recent custodial killing of Jeyaraj and Bennix in Sathankulam in Tamil Nadu, that shook the conscience of the country, the EPW analyses why such incidents happen again and again.
Constitution wasn’t ready for health crisis like coronavirus. It is leading to a logjam
Judicial and democratic processes have been put on hold due to COVID-19. Constitutional and legislative reforms are required to ensure that India runs without disruption. The Print argues.
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