New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday arranged for special buses to transfer migrant workers to their respective hometowns in the state, even as a huge gathering of workers was seen at the state’s border with Delhi at Ghazipur earlier today. Also Read - 'Tragedy on Delhi Borders,' Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Urges Government to Help Migrant Workers
In a statement, the government said, “Arrangement of 1,000 buses has been done to take the migrant workers to their respective hometowns amid coronavirus lockdown. Transportation Officers, bus drivers and conductors were called by the CM last night to make all the arrangements.”
This is among a series of measures taken by the state government to help the needy during the nationwide 21-day lockdown, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in a bid to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.
However, since the lockdown was announced, visuals have emerged from various parts of the country of migrant workers, many accompanied by their families, walking back to their native places-in some cases, from one state to another-as public transport has been closed down as a part of the lockdown. Many have lost their jobs and are undertaking long journeys without food and water.
The Union Home Ministry has directed state and union territory governments to provide ‘adequate support’ to migrant workers. Chief Ministers have contacted each other seeking help for workers from their respective states stuck in different parts if the country.