Management of Migrant Manpower in Punjab Industry during Pandemics: (COVID 19) – A Critical Study

Navtej Singh Grewal, Sheetal Soi & Dr Dalvinder Singh Grewal

Abstract

A sudden spurt of COVID-19 as a pandemic has shaken the world. The fear of the unknown is always the greatest. The what, why, how, where, when, and so on of the pandemic remained unknown, and the world was terrified of the unknown consequences. Workers are the most distressed, particularly those who have migrated from their birthplaces to distant lands to earn a living. The sudden scare hit their existence and they rushed back to their homes to have a peaceful burial at home rather than in foreign countries. It was more common in India, since a person from the lower or lower middle class always prefers to have their last breath in their homeland. Leaving their lucrative jobs, they rushed to their homes by whatever means they could manage, most of them walking for miles together. They left the work places high and dry, with the most hit being the industry. Punjab, the northernmost state of India, was the most hit since it relies on 80% of migrant labour. As it turned into an exodus, it became a great worry for the industry and studies were initiated as to how to control such a future exodus. This study is one such project which studies the management of migrant manpower in Punjab’s industry during pandemics.