In continuation with the ongoing discussions on the Rural Realities around the country, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), Kerala organized a Panel Discussion on “Rural Realities |Kerala | Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave in Indian Villages” on May 20, 2021, as the second wave of coronavirus pandemic is engulfing the length and breadth of our country, India, and hitting the heartland of our country which is the rural areas.
The IMPRI team informed the discussion by locating for the event participants the situation of COVID 19 in India and Kerala. The team also provided an insight into the geography and Socio economic conditions of the state. The rationale was to provide the participants with an overview of the state of Kerala.
Mr. T M Sathyan Coordinator (Kerala), ActionAid Association talked about action aid work and their contribution in COVID crisis and stated that action aid during first wave worked closely with panchayats and municipalities while focusing more on Dalit communities. Mr. Sathyam focused on panchayat level convergence that is happening with efforts of volunteers, Asha workers and youth in the community.
The existence of ward level task force a special initiative in Kerala has brought in good results with respect in curtailing COVID positive cases in rural areas. He further highlighted the role of political parties along with their youth volunteer team in helping people during pandemic crisis.