Thiruvananthapuram: Amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown called by the Centre to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease, migrant workers were spotted on the streets of Kerala’s Kottayam hoping to find transport to return to their hometowns. Also Read - Lockdown: Maharashtra Govt to Take Care of Migrant Workers, Provide Them Basic Necessities
There was so much chaos that police had to swing into action. As per a report by news channel NDTV, police were seen showing restraint and had to urge the migrants to “go back”. Also Read - Amid COVID-19 Fear, Migrant Workers Huddle at Anand Vihar Bus Terminus in Hope to Return Home
In a separate development, few pharmacies in Thiruvananthapuram have reported to have stopped selling masks after government fixed its price and brought it under Essential Commodities Act, news agency ANI stated. Also Read - 'Do Not Collect Rent For a Month', Noida DM Directs Lanlords Amid Exodus of Migrant Workers
A shop keeper told the news agency, “We can’t sell masks at prescribed prices as suppliers are not giving us at that rate. However, we are selling sanitizers”.
Earlier in the day, the Narendra Modi-led Centre called for a strict compliance to the lockdown orders asking states to take strict action against those who are asking students/labourers to vacate. Besides, the states have been also been asked to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut.