A mishap took place when out of 50 migrant workers, returning to their village, 24 migrants didn’t make it and 38 were severely injured in the collision between a truck and a DCM vehicle on the NH 50, U.P., Auraiya. The incident happened at 3:30 in the morning, when a truck, in which more than 50 migrant workers from Faridabad and Delhi were boarded, went straight into the DCM vehicle standing in front of a roadside restaurant.
All the migrants were taken to the nearest hospital at Auraiya. 24 were brought dead to the hospital, 15 were referred to Safai Medical college, Etawa, whereas, 22 were admitted in the same hospital. People who are injured include both women and children. Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath expressed his condolences to the families of the workers who have died in this tragedy.
The truck was loaded with the flour sack and the migrants were sitting over them. All the migrants were identified as workers and they were trying to go back to their villages because they were not provided enough food by the government or the facilitators for their survival. When the sacks were raised over them, some of them were found dead and some of them passed away on the way to the hospital.
District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said, “The number plate was showing that the truck was from Rajasthan and most of the migrants were from Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and some were from Uttar Pradesh. Police and doctors are looking after the injured and we are investigating the number of migrants on the Truck. Meanwhile, both the vehicles are seized”.
The government has confirmed that it is making arrangements to bring the migrant workers back to their homes as safely as they can. According to the railway ministry, more than 8 lakhs migrants have been taken back to their home states, and some government and private buses were also arranged to help them reach safely to their homes.
The question which comes out is that, even after making all these arrangements why these people are putting their lives on stake by taking help from these truck drivers instead of using the government provided transport? And why the government is not able to convince these people to just stay wherever they are?
This situation cannot be handled independently without mutual understanding and cooperation. Firstly the government needs to understand that the migrant workers are the ones who are facing the brunt of the lockdown since day one. They have lost their jobs, they don’t have money to fulfill their basic requirements and they are also facing the constant pressure of the landlords to pay their rent. In this case, they are left with no other option but to go back to their home state, to their family. The government should ensure the availability of food and necessary items for them and should take care of their stay in the same or some other place so that they don’t have to migrate to their village.
On the other hand, the migrant workers should understand that in this pandemic situation, the government is trying to alleviate the situation for them by making constant efforts and that their migration will accentuate the situation for them, for the government and the whole country.