'No Work, No Land': Landless Dalits Struggle To Survive Amid Lockdown

by Rahul Gautam May 28, 2020 • 01:32 PM Views 940

The coronavirus induced lockdown has forced migrant workers to return to their native villages but its biggest impact is on Dalits who did small jobs in cities and after returning back have no land of their own to work on. As per the Agriculture Census report for the year 2015-16, only 9% of the Dalits in the country own agricultural land while 71% of the Dalits work on lands that they do not own. The situation is worst in Haryana, Punjab, and Bihar where 85% of the Dalits are landless