Deja vu In Maharashtra, migrant labours anxious to head home

  • | Monday | 12th April, 2021

In Gujarat too, a number of migrant workers, mostly hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, have been rushing to railway stations and bus stands to travel to their native places. In Pic: Migrant workers wait for transportation in Surat.

Fearing another total lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise, migrant workers and their families have started leaving for their hometowns again. In Pic: Migrants workers waiting at Kalyan railways station in Mumbai.

Maharashtra Labour Minister Hasan Mushrif has requested migrant workers to not leave the state and assured them the government has no plans of shutting down industrial production.

The state government’s recent directive of a partial lockdown to control rising Covid-19 cases had prompted many laborers to begin returning to their home states over fears that they would be left without any source of income in the coming month.

Seeing the sudden increase in the number of migrants returning, the Central Railway on Wednesday announced three special trains and also increased the frequency of trains heading to North India.

Apart from Mumbai, migrant workers from Bhiwandi, Thane, and Pune too have started leaving.

Officials have advised migrants to adhere to all norms and standard operating procedures related to Covid-19 during travel. In pic: Passengers at Charbagh railway station, Lucknow, rest as they wait for connecting trains.

Experts note that the migration back to workplaces since the end of the first lockdown has been increasingly single, male migration, leaving families behind.

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