While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world alike, its impact on people from disparate socio-economic standings has been unequal. Keeping in line with this and in continuation of the rural realities webinar series, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI) in collaboration with Centre for Development Communication and Studies (CDECS), Jaipur and Tarun Bharat Sangh, Alwar organized a panel discussion on “Rural Realities Health Security through Community- centered Approaches COVID-19 and Beyond- Rajasthan” on May 13th, 2021.
The IMPRI team gave a brief presentation in order to provide an overview of the state of Rajasthan. They informed the participants about the state’s geographical and socio-economic status and gave insight into the situation of COVID-19 in India and Rajasthan, highlighting pertinent emerging issues.
Ms. Sion Kongari, Regional Manager, ActionAid, Jaipur brought the indirect impact of COVID-19 on the livelihoods of the Farmers, Adivasi community and ghumantu caste into focus.
Mobilization of Resources During Pandemic
The various frontline functionaries, collectives and civil society organizations have to work together.
She further made a suggestion that for migrant workers, we can utilize village-level institutions and centers instead of home quarantine to break the chain. Village development plans have to incorporate health infrastructure. Following up on Dr. Meena’s discussion, she has advised the extraction of authentic information from government websites and mobilization of resources to be available to all.