Migrants are being allowed to walk on humanitarian grounds

Everyone is well aware of the fact that there has been a novel coronavirus triggered nationwide lockdown. The threat of this expeditiously spreading malignant virus is rising higher and higher with each passing day. The country’s economy has also been suffering due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Every class of the country has been pretty much affected in its own way. However, the lot that has been affected the most are the migrant workers. Due to the corona virus outbreak they have lost their jobs and hence forth their only means of wages. They are struggling for food and safe shelters. The worst of all was that they could not return back to their families in other states of the country on account of the lockdown.

The migrant workers, finding no other option left before them, have started towards their respective towns on foot. They are determined to mark miles long journeys on foot having no other means left for them to reunite with their families in these times of despair. Taking the plight of the labourers into account, the Maharashtra government has decided not to go harsh on them and let them walk off on humanitarian grounds.

“They are so desperate to go home that they are ready to even face the wrath of law enforcement agencies. Hence, we decided not to be harsh with them. It is not alone my ministry but the government as a whole is trying to help them.”, said the State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. 

Now, the government has commenced special train services in order to help migrant labours to return back to their families and reduce their plight. But seems the Government has made quite a delay in taking the decision for many migrant labourers had already begun their journey on foot. State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh feels that if the trains would have been commenced earlier, as the State Government had been demanding, then the sufferings of the migrant workers would have been much less.

“Had the train services commenced earlier, as the Uddhav Thackeray government has been demanding, the sufferings of labourers would have been much less. We never thought the lockdown would get extended for such a long time. We tried to speak to migrant labourers. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also made several appeals, but the migrant workers decided to return home.”, added the minister.

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