Chief Ministers of three states – Bengal, Bihar and Odisha – which ship the utmost variety of labourers throughout the nation, have taken the initiative to make sure the security of the folks because the 21-day lockdown to counter the coronavirus began .Their initiative comes amid issues over the lakhs of households that rely upon every day wages, who’re bond to lose their livelihood and probably the roof over their head.
Since Wednesday, a gentle stream of migrant labourers have began the lengthy, gradual journey to their villages, not sure that they might obtain any type of help within the large cities. Most are from one other state, and are attempting to stroll it residence. Others, whose states are distant, are struggling to return residence as all public transport has been stopped.
“Since it isn’t attainable for us to ship any assist to them, I take the chance to request you to kindly ask your administration to supply them with fundamental shelter, meals and medical assist throughout this era of disaster,” Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to the Chief Ministers of 18 states, asking them to take care of the folks.
Bengal, she stated, is caring for such “caught folks” from different states and promised the Chief Ministers to reimburse them.
An analogous letter has been despatched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who stated his governments have made preparations to succeed in out to folks from different states, who’re in want of assist.
“I’d make an earnest enchantment to you that any individual or group of individuals from Odisha stranded in any a part of your state could please be assisted with fundamental meals, lodging, safety,” Mr Patnaik wrote to all of the chief ministers.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stated his authorities will make efforts to assist migrants tide over the 21-day interval. His authorities, he stated, will coordinate with different states and bear full bills for meals and lodging of migrants who’re stranded with out work and pay.
Mr Kumar additionally stated Rs 100 crore has been launched from the Chief Minister’s Aid Fund to arrange shelters for rickshaw pullers and every day wage earners who’re from the ste, however dwelling removed from their villages.
These ”aapada raahat kendras” (catastrophe reduction centres), to be arrange in Patna and different cities, would additionally present shelter to employees who could have come from different states.