Service, Security & Solutions for Migrant Workers
Aajeevika Bureau (AB), a non-profit initiative, works for the dignity and wellbeing of families dependent on seasonal migration. Rural-urban migration is a socio-economic reality in India. However, lack of institutional and policy support has made it a developmental challenge, leading to human rights violations and disenfranchisement of working populations. Formed to make migration a positive opportunity, AB undertakes service delivery, capacity building, legal advocacy, research and technical support to secure livelihoods, social protection and dignity for migrant workers, and recognise their contributions to the economy. AB aims to transform the policy and knowledge paradigm on migration by mainstreaming voices of migrant communities.
In the last 13 years, Aajeevika has successfully delivered migration support services to more than one lakh migrant workers directly and over four lakh migrants through a network of partner organizations spread across 10 states of India.
Aajeevika Bureau conducted the social audit of Building and other Construction sector Workers Welfare Board (BoCW) under Supreme Court direction. Central Labour Ministry implemented the pilot before going in full exercise. Ministry appointed Aajeevika Bureau Trust as social audit agency in Rajasthan.
Through a multi-stakeholder coalition that was seeded by Aajeevika Bureau, with other partners such as the Work in Freedom programme, ILO, their policy advocacy efforts resulted in dedicated fiscal allocation and inclusion of migration support services in the Plan document of Kerala, Bihar and Rajasthan.
Through pro bono legal aid and mediation services, Aajeevika's Legal Aid, Education and Advocacy (LEAD) cell has facilitated the recovery of over INR 17.50 crore in unpaid dues/compensation for workers.