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Lockdown Impact: Mad rush of migrant workers in Maharashtra & Gujarat

SabrangIndia 11 May 2020

Thousands of migrant workers in Maharashtra and Gujarat are rushing out of the cities in desperation to reach their native states. The many weeks of country-wide lockdown combined with the indefinite future has forced them to find extreme ways to reach home. Most workers simply walk with their families, holding onto their belongings, as they hope to cover thousands of kilometres by foot. Without daily income and permanent housing, the enraged workers fear shortage of food and possible starvation. The government has turned a blind eye to the basic demands of the workers, who have been the worst affected by the lockdown. They have been callous in dealing with the overall migrant crisis in the cities and making provisions for their return home. Now, the workers would rather die in their homes than risk starvation in the cities.

Lockdown Impact: Mad rush of migrant workers in Maharashtra & Gujarat

Thousands of migrant workers in Maharashtra and Gujarat are rushing out of the cities in desperation to reach their native states. The many weeks of country-wide lockdown combined with the indefinite future has forced them to find extreme ways to reach home. Most workers simply walk with their families, holding onto their belongings, as they hope to cover thousands of kilometres by foot. Without daily income and permanent housing, the enraged workers fear shortage of food and possible starvation. The government has turned a blind eye to the basic demands of the workers, who have been the worst affected by the lockdown. They have been callous in dealing with the overall migrant crisis in the cities and making provisions for their return home. Now, the workers would rather die in their homes than risk starvation in the cities.

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