After PM Narendra Modi announced a 21 Days Lockdown on 23rd March 2020, within 48 hours migrant workers started moving to their villages from Delhi to UP on foot, Rajasthan and other nearby states of Delhi NCR. They had started their journey with a fear of dying out of hunger. 17 migrant laborers including their family compromising of 5 kids died last week due to the lockdown while traveling back to their homes. They complained that the government did not take any thought of the daily wage workers earlier which induced them to flee. Some of the workers were also lathi-charged by the police on the way for moving out of their houses and punished for violating the lockdown norms.
Defying the fear of coronavirus, the migrant workers determined to reach their villages on foot. By last week there were thousands of workers were seen walking some with masks or some without just with a hope to reach to their family and village and survive. Primarily the government seemed to be ignorant about this fact. The closure of all the shops, factories and construction site had triggered their panic among people after the “Janta Curfew”. People started buying out of panic and stepped out of their houses after the lockdown.
On Saturday 28th march over 50,000 people gathered at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, in a hope to fetch buses to travel back home. These laborers their families had no place to swell or food to eat. Speaking of Other parts of India, in West Bengal, a 32-year-old man died who was beaten up by the police for fetching milk. Similarly, a case has been reported in Rajasthan were 4 laborers had deceased while returning home.
Maximum deaths were resulted due to massive excursion due to walking for long hours and also some due to ruthless lathi-charge. Now the question arises how are the government schemes helping these strata of the economy if they have to die mercilessly on the roads? What if there was one carrier in the Anand Vihar Bus terminal and the virus got transmitted to several others? Can the government look after them?
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