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Tamil Nadu Garment Workers Report

Gethu is a workers’ think tank on the garment supply chain. It is an informal group consisting of workers from across the supply chain from cotton farming to stitching and packaging of garments. The group meets every month to discuss diverse issues faced by workers in this textile supply chain. Partners in Change (PiC) is currently the group’s Secretariat.

Latest post:

Gethu Post: Volume 7 

May 27, 2020


In Volume 7, read about how petty contractors in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu are coping with indebtedness in the times of COVID19 and the impact this is having on the garment supply chain.

Nomad Post

The lockdown announced on March 24th, as a preventive step for fighting the COVID 19, has posed an additional unique set of challenges for the De-notified and Nomadic Tribes (DNT-NT). Given the historic injustice and stigma that the community still faces, the lockdown has further pushed them to the margins of society, as one of the worst affected groups during this time. As an attempt to bring forth their voices and the challenges that they are facing, Praxis - Institute for Participatory Practices and the National Alliance Group for Denotified and Nomadic Tribes put together the Nomad Post to track their access to entitlements, relief measures and wages during this pandemic.

Nomad Post 3: Fear of Lockup and Now Lockdown! Struggles of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes

May 6, 2020

The third post is an analysis of the situation of 20 Denotified and Nomadic Tribes across 28 districts in 10 states. The analysis focuses on access to food, entitlements and indebtedness. The third Nomad Post includes data related to daily wage workers, entertainment workers, agricultural workers and farmers, and those involved in beggary.

Nomad Post 2: Nat, Bedia and Bacchara workers: Where Gender, Caste, Migration and Criminalisation intersect

April 16, 2020

In addition to the stigma they face because of their identity as DNT-NT, women involved in the entertainment sector also face stigma due to their occupation. This has made access to relief particularly difficult for this group, which has largely survived on support from NGOs. A very large number of the women do not have any identity cards and have now been forced to take loans to survive. Nomad Post 2 explores the situation of women from the Nat, Bedia and Bacchara communities involved in bar dancing and sex work.

Nomad Post 1: DNT Workers in Purulia, West Bengal During The COVID-19 Lockdown

April 10, 2020

Data was collected from the Kheria Sabar Tribe in Purulia right at the onset of the lockdown. Nomad Post 1 focuses on wages, loans, access to entitlements and the situation of workers from the DNT community in Purulia, West Bengal.

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