Building infrastructures of resilience among migrant fishers
by Satya Sainath
We are in the process of piloting an Interactive-Voice Response (IVR) system to reach migrant fishers in these two sites. Through this IVR initiative, vital information on entitlements, welfare schemes of the state governments, health and safety information on migrant fishers and the latest judicial rulings pertaining to their rights can be shared.Gram Panchayat representatives see value in our initiative and expressed public support and future cooperation in scaling this exercise to cover other villages too. Officials of the labour and fisheries department that we met expressed verbal appreciation and support for our idea of community-based migrant databases and IVR.
Through meetings with village institutions, gram panchayat representatives and government officials, we were able to get crucial information on migration and the gaps in policies and schemes regarding migrant fishworkers. In this process, we also built connections with leaders and officials to bring them on board for further discussions.