Massive rush of migrant workers at state borders

New Delhi: – Lockdown has been imposed in the entire country as a measure to control the spread of Coronavirus. But this has made the situation grim, for the daily wage workers and these workers have started to return to their home states. There are massive crowds of these migrant workers, at some state borders. Against this background, the union government has requested these workers to stay put in the locations, where they currently are and the states have been instructed to provide food, water and shelter to these people. Instructions for isolation of these workers, who have travelled in this manner, also have been issued.

Everything has come to a standstill and these workers are out of work. Therefore, these workers are trying to return to their hometowns. This has created huge crowds at the state borders. The states have been assigned the responsibility to ensure that no Coronavirus infected patients enter the state. But it is being predicted that this crowd of migrant workers, trying to reach their hometowns on foot, may rapidly increase the spread of Coronavirus. The state and the union governments have realised that if the Coronavirus pandemic reaches the hometowns of these workers, it could pose a major crisis and have initiated corrective measures.

The union government instructed the states to detain these workers wherever they are and provide them with food, water and shelter. The states have been ordered to close the state and district borders for this purpose. An appeal has been made to these workers also to stay put in the locations, wherever they are. Instructions for isolation of these migrant workers have also been issued.

Major crowds of these migrant workers have been observed at the borders of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra. Efforts are being made by the concerned agencies to provide medical facilities, food and water. But it is proving to be a major challenge for these agencies to provide these facilities for such a large number of people. Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments arranged buses for these migrant workers. Some buses have left these places and the buses are also seen to be overcrowded.

Meanwhile, workers leaving from Hyderabad met with an accident and 8 workers were killed. Whereas, four people were killed in an accident on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.

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