To stop the exodus of the migrants to their home states, governments have offered to bear the cost of their stay including food and shelter
- Due to lockdown and no jobs, daily-wage earners have no other option but to go back to their home states
- The Odisha government ensured food and shelter for around 5,547 migrant workers from other states
- The state governments will bear the cost of their stay including food and shelter
New Delhi: They all are from different political parties following different ideologies. They are divided over various issues concerning the nation but when it comes to the people, all of them stand united to help them out.
The 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break the chain of coronavirus or Wuhan Virus has affected the livelihoods of the people. In this scenario, daily-wage earners or people with no permanent jobs have no other option but to go back to their home states.
It’s better to be in my village than to be here in the city without food and water, says one of the migrant workers who is heading towards his home on foot with his friends. The distance is 110-kilometre.
Cutting across party lines, politicians are coming forward to help the migrants who are leaving for their home states amid the 21-day lockdown.
United front to help migrants
From Delhi to Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to West Bengal, politicians have formed a united front to help the migrants and daily-wage earners affected by the lockdown.
The Odisha government ensured food and shelter for around 5,547 migrant workers from other states who are stranded in the state. These workers hail from Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Telengana, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and the state government has provided food and shelter to the migrants stranded in 36 camps.
In Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, visited guest workers’ labour camp and assured them of all the necessities including food and medicine.
Kerala government is paying special attention to guest workers in this COVID-19 crisis, he tweeted.
State governments to bear the cost
To stop the exodus of the migrants to their home states, governments have offered to bear the cost of their stay including food and shelter.
While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday made a request to all the Chief Ministers to extend required food, medicines etc. to people from Odisha who are stranded in other states saying that the Chief Minister has assured reimbursement of the costs from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the state government is committed to protecting the citizens of Uttar Pradesh who are present in other states during the lockdown period.
The CM also held talks with the Chief Ministers of several states including Maharashtra, Haryana and Uttarakhand saying that the state will bear all the cost.
According to the 2011 census, the Hindi belt is the main source of migrants with Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh accounting for 50 per cent of India’s total inter-state migrants.