New Delhi: Amid continued exodus of migrants to their native places from various states, including from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday wrote to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, assuring him that his government will take care of those from Delhi living in Uttar Pradesh and urging the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief to look after those from his state living in the national capital. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
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The development comes two days after migrant workers gathered in huge numbers at the capital’s Anand Vihar interstate bus terminus, in a bid to return to their hometowns. The massive gathering, however, triggered fears that if even one person contracts COVID-19, he/she would transmit it to several others, who will then pass it on, thus taking India to stage 3 (or community transmission) of the virus; India, notably, is yet to reach stage 3 of transmission. Also Read - Amid COVID-19 Fear, Migrant Workers Huddle at Anand Vihar Bus Terminus in Hope to Return Home
Migrants also alleged that they were misled by the Delhi Transport Corproation (DTC) bus drivers that buses had been arranged to take them back to Uttar Pradesh, but many of them were ‘dumped’ at the Ghazipur border. This led to a war of words between the two governments.
On a related note, the UP Chief Minister is also scheduled to visit Noida today to take stock of the situation of the migrant workers. He will spend the night in Delhi and visit Ghaziabad and Meerut tomorrow.
Notably, Noida has reported nearly one-third of the state’s confirmed coronavirus cases thus far: 23 out of 75.
The Centre has released a series of advisories to the states asking them to put a curb on migration, also directing them to provide relief materials to the migrants. The country is currently observing a 21-day nationwide lockdown-which is scheduled to end on April 14-announced by the government on March 24 in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.C