Bhargavi S. Rao works at the intersections of community action with law, policy, planning and governance. She is Trustee of Environment Support Group and Deputy Director, Centre for Financial Accountability.
Pourakarmikas are our first line of defence against COVID-19. But they don’t have the right equipment, facilities to maintain personal hygiene, or health check-ups to ensure they’re neither infected nor unwittingly spreading the disease.
Carts of street food that offer a quick snack, little stalls selling just what you were looking for – street vendors are an integral part of life in Bengaluru. But why isn’t the government implementing the law that upholds their right to work?