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Impact of Covid–19 lockdown on the socio-economic condition of informal sector wage workers in India

Outbreak of COVID – 19 pandemic, and nationwide unprecedented lockdown has brought a grinding halt to economic activities, adversely affecting the life and livelihood of informal sector wage workers. They are struggling on two fronts of life: one is to safeguard themselves from pandemic threat and other is to fight for survival due to loss of livelihood. The study aims to investigate the plight of three categories of labour: returned migrant labour, stranded labour and local daily wage labour. The objective is to analyze the risks faced by them at the workplace during lockdown which compelled the migrant laborers to return back to their natives and also the effects of pandemic on their socio-economic conditions at native places.

Lead investigator:

Archanca Srivastava


Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

Primary topic:

Jobs, work, pay & benefits

Secondary topic:

Inequality & poverty

Region of data collection:

Asia and Oceania

Country of data collection


Status of data collection


Type of data being collected:

Online survey

Unit of real-time data collection