Relief Effort for Stranded Migrant Workers in India

by | Jun 2, 2020

Inspired by similar initiatives across the country, a group of alumni and students from NALSAR University of Law have come together to contribute to ongoing relief efforts in India in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Migrant workers across the country are stranded in locations far away from their homes, often without food, water and accommodation. Many people have journeyed thousands of kilometres on foot or using unsustainable forms of transport, often with very young children. These journeys are deeply unsafe as exemplified by the harrowing – and still rising – death toll due to injury or starvation of those who undertake them. As concerned lawyers, we consider it our moral obligation to alleviate some of the distress these workers and their families are facing. We hope you will consider joining our efforts.

NALSAR alumni are working with government, transport service providers and civil society in Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad to ensure that workers are able to get back to their homes and in doing so, have access to food and medicines. Our civil society collaborators are working on the ground to ensure that those most in need are prioritised. The cost of travel by either bus or flight is between Rs. 5000 and Rs. 10,000 for each person. We will keep you updated about specific travel arrangements and initiatives with our collaborating NGO partners. In addition to travel, we are raising funds for food distribution, medical kits and sanitation packs for the workers in this predicament.

Please pitch in whatever amount you can, however small, and share these details on fundraising widely in your networks. Donations made from Indian bank accounts will be received into the account of Foodshaala, an NGO run by Raadhika Gupta (Batch of 2011) and are eligible for 80G tax exemption.

Please fill this form if you are making a bank transfer and/or if you seek an 80G certificate. There will be complete transparency in the use of funds. During the current COVID-19 crisis, Foodshaala has been working with the Delhi government to provide milk and nutrition packets to children and migrant workers. To learn more about Foodshaala, please visit here.

The details for contributions are provided below:

For contributions within India:

Foodshaala Foundation

HDFC Bank, Kalkaji branch

Account No.: 50200032993609

IFSC: HDFC0001662

UPI: foodshaala@utbi


For contributions from bank accounts outside India :

NB: Please complete this form if you choose to make contributions from outside India. We are required by law to collect this information.

Bank Address: INDIAN BANK, Shameerpet Branch, Sy.No.44, Rajeev Rahadari, Shameerpet.

Bank Ph.: 08418-244550

Account name: Registrar, NALSAR, FCRA A/C

Account No.: 6184043155

Address of A/C holder: NALSAR University of Law, Justice City, Shameerpet, Hyderabad, Medchal District, Telangana PIN-500101.



IFSC /Branch Code No.: IDIB000S166


For contributions through our campaign listed on Milaap (domestic contributions only) visit here.


If you have any questions regarding contributions from outside India, please email Sanya <> or

If you are in India and would like to get in touch by phone, please contact volunteers at the following numbers: Rupali (+91 9818643731); Raji (+91 9704847263); Srishti (+91 8744049255); Shreejoyee (+91 9748878020) and Divyastuti (+91 7837002610).

In this time of unprecedented NALSAR hopes you can assist with making every effort to support the communities that are the most marginalised.

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