MSS Director Shri. Rajesh Mani has been nominated by the Uttar Pradesh government and UNICEF as counselor of Varanasi and Chandauli districts for supporting the people kept in quarantine centers, people and children at short stay homes, shelter homes kept for rehabilitation and care mainly the one who are in distress, so as to boost up their morale for strengthen approach of leading life against the battle of COVID-19. Has counseled more than 110 individuals including men, women and children at quarantine centers, rehabilitation centers and other institutions
MSS Director Shri. Rajesh Mani has been accredited by the United Nations office of drugs and crime (UNODC) for his efforts during the COVID – 19 and his experiences and future strategies have been circulated by the UNODC in South Asia.
MSS reached with support of ration relief kits to more than 8500 migrant labours/families including daily earners of unorganized labor segment, sanitation workers in 7 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh (Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Maharjganj, Deoria, Sant Kabir Nagar, Basti, Siddarthnagar) covering urban and rural areas of the district in coordination with district administration, police department, Sashastra Seema Bal, block administration, panchayats and media with strict avoidance of gatherings and following of social distancing.
MSS reached to more than 500 underprivileged musahar families with support of hygiene and sanitation kits in Kushinagar district of eastern Uttar Pradesh for maintaining the hygiene and sanitation conditions and as a prevention of the COVID -19
As the crisis situation remained to be existent around the country due to the COVID -19 cases and owing to the lockdown and its further extension between all this one of the most affected population was that of the daily wage earners/migrant labours and unorganized labour in terms of high impacts Uttar Pradesh was among them as very high number of migrants move to other districts of the state as well as other states of the country specially big cities. Out of the state the eastern districts and the border Gorakhpur district in itself is a major transit point of railways and the commissioner headquarters and a major route for surrounding districts of maharjganj, kushinagar, Deoria, Bihar state as well as Nepal caters to huge amount of daily earners which engages labour in form of Barbour, cobbler, hand carts, stalls, rickshaw pullers, drivers, street side vendors, hawkers ,construction and many other daily labour and considering the present scenario of the complete lockdown these all labour/daily wages workers are at a stake and they have no per day income thus there is a fair amount of concern and fear among the labour.
Within the state the scenario of districts of Uttar Pradesh is challenging as they have high and dense population of marginalized communities out of which one is the most marginalized community which is the musahar community which is densely populated in kushinagar and maharajganj districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and are majorly dependent on daily labour as their income source and since the season being the yielding of the sugarcane season major of the community male as well as female members were engaged into cutting the sugarcane and loading them for their extraction for sugar but the sudden lockdown has resulted in their loss of their income. In normal times this community still lack behinds is access to basic entitlements like health, education, land rights and other entitlements and upon that these crisis situation has brought about a double blow to their survival and other risks related to health, hygiene, livelihood and other issues.