FORMER NLSIU STUDENTS RAISED OVER Rs. 12 LAKHS IN ORDER TO FLY OVER 180 MIGRANT WORKERS FROM MUMBAI TO RANCHI AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

In a novel initiative, former students of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU) have raised over Rs 12 lakh in less than half a day to lease an aircraft in order to fly 180 migrant labourers from Mumbai to Ranchi amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Priyanka Raman, another NLSIU alumni involved in the initiative, said, “We initially planned to send a small group of people on regular commercial flights. We had organized for 45 tickets, but the flight was cancelled last minute, as the Maharashtra government allowed only 25 flights per day. We went back to the drawing board to see if we can send them by bus and other modes.” At this juncture, it was Shuva Mandal, General Counsel of Tata Group, who made the suggestion to fly these stranded workers to Ranchi, instead of opting for the bus service.

The team said, “What started as a batch initiative (Batch of 2000), we raised this money with the help of the alumni network in no time. This also had the support of Tata Group and Air Asia. In general, NLSIU has an ethos of giving back, so we did not find difficulty in raising the money.”