Aajeevika Bureau's mission is to provide lasting solutions to economic and socio-legal problems of migrant workers - directly as well as through partners - by creating replicable models offering services and security both at source and destination.
Aajeevika Bureau combines direct service delivery, advocacy, research and technical support in advancement of its work on issues of migrant workers. Through a network of field based Shramik Sahayata evam Sandarbh Kendra-s (Workers Support and Resource Centres), Aajeevika Bureau provides a range of services to migrants and their households. These services include registration and photo ID, skill training and placement, legal aid, collectivisation, social security, financial services and family support.
The Bureau runs field centres both at source (South Rajasthan) and at major destinations (in Gujarat and Rajasthan). The source - destination presence is an important feature of the organization's work and outreach with migrant workers. Aajeevika Bureau has undertaken a wide range of field based research into aspects of seasonal migration, labour and employment.
Knowledge building adds to perspectives on this under-researched area and also helps the Bureau design new services and interventions for migrant groups. There are enormous gaps in policy for migrant workers at the state and national level and Aajeevika Bureau's work makes important contributions in defining new agenda, priorities and programmes that can be adopted by government and industry for the vast number of migrant workers.
As a pioneer practitioner in the area of internal migration, Aajeevika Bureau partners closely with field organisations and donors to help them expand their reach to vulnerable migrants. A special unit - "Centre for Migration and Labour Solutions" - provides technical support and capacity building to a large number of organisations. A strategic partnership with Sir Dorabji Tata Trust enables this work to grow and reach millions of migrant workers across the country.
What they do
Registration ID - Aajeevika Bureau's Photo ID is authorised by the Government of Rajasthan's Department of Labour through an official order issued in 2008. It is backed by a simple form which captures important demographic, occupational and migration related information. The information is verified and the card is signed by the Sarpanch - the elected head of village Panchayats.
Skills Training and Development - Aajeevika Bureau's skills intervention is anchored with Skill Training Employability and Placement Academy (STEP Academy) - a unique learning and training institution for rural youth. The STEP Academy builds technical and life skill competence and helps young people find suitable employment.
Legal Education and Aid - Migrant workers are part of India's vast informal and unorganized economy. As a result they are often at the receiving end of malpractices, unfair wage deductions and fraudulence. They are often caught in a chain of contractors and middlemen and have little recourse to legal help. There are also few opportunities for workers and employers to resolve their disputes through a fair and transparent process.
Collectivizing Workers - Through mobilising and promoting occupation based collectives Aajeevika Bureau has helped migrant workers come together to find solutions to their common problems. The collectives act as pressure groups for resolution of disputes with employers and step in with support for member workers in distress. In many cases workers collectives are playing an active role as intermediaries in state's social security schemes intended for unorganised sector workers.
Providing Healthcare Services - Aajeevika Bureau recognizes poor access to healthcare as one of the major problems faced by migrants and their families, making them even more vulnerable to ill health and indebtedness. As a response, a migrant friendly health initiative known as AMRIT has been launched in South Rajasthan.See more