Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike ( BBMP) needs to dialogue with Migrant Labourer communities to collectively address their concerns
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Earlier in October this year, a 17 year old girl from a migrant labourer community in Krishnappa Garden,Bangalore, met with a tragic end, when she fell and drowned in an uncovered drain, on her way to relieve herself.
In the wake of this heartbreaking incident, the Concerned for Working Children and Bhima Sangha (union of working children) members from several wards in Bangalore held consultations and discussions. From these dialogues it was found that similar deplorable situations prevailed in other communities too, where individuals from migrant labourer community are denied provisions and rights to protection.
While the family of the deceased girl was provided with a compensation of five lakh rupees, there were no steps taken to prevent similar instances from occurring in the future. It was thus decided in the consultations and discussions that during the International child rights week they would demonstrate the violations of several of their rights and claim their basic provision and protection rights; by approaching their respective councilors and then collectively meeting the Bruhat Bangaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Mayor to dialogue and find solutions to the various issues they and migrant labourer communities as a group experience.
Below is the demand letter that Bhima Sangha children have drafted with facilitation from the Concerned for Working Children, which they will present while they meet and dialogue with the BBMP Mayor.
International Child Rights Week – 2017
We are Bhima Sangha (Union of Working Children) members from migrant labourer communities residing at Nagawarpalya area (C.V.Raman ward No- 57) Kaggdaspura area ( Vignana Nagar -ward 81 ) and Krishnappa Garden area (New Tippasandra -ward 58) in Bangalore, Karnataka. We and our communities have been residing at our respective settlement for the past several decades.
We are deeply sad and effected by the recent incident involving the death of our friend, a 17 year old girl, who slipped and fell into the drainage , in the migrant labourer community at Krishnappa Garden area, New Tippasandra ward . Such dangers due to lack of adequate provisions and protection measures are present in most other migrant labourer communities including ours. The response of the government to provide Rs 5 lakhs as compensation to the family of the victim, doesn’t provide any comfort to the family, and isn’t adequate to prevent similar such incidents from happening in the same or other communities.
There are several similarities in the difficulties that migrant labourer communities face. And during International child rights week we would like to draw attention to how our rights have been continuously violated. Some of the issues that we experience are lack of proper sanitation facilities, irregular supply of water, lack of access to efficient source of electricity, presence of uncovered drainage near our settlements, dumping of garbage near our settlements. Because these provisions are denied to us, there are protection concerns that severely impact especially us and women.
We believe that there is an urgent need for the state actors and BBMP to take concrete actions to prevent such tragedies from occurring, by guaranteeing basic provision and protection rights to migrant labourer communities in discussion with us.
We thereby request the Mayor of Bangalore, Shri. R.Sampath Raj, and all the councilors of BBMP to take our concerns seriously and start discussions with us and our communities to find solutions to our concerns.
Bhima Sangha members
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