New Delhi: Taking note of the grim conditions of the migrant workers who have been rendered homeless in the wake of a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus infection, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed all states and union territories to include ‘provisions for temporary accommodation, food, clothing, medical care etc. for homeless people, including migrant labourers, stranded due to the lockdown and sheltered in relief camps’ under SDRF fund allocations. Also Read - 'Tragedy on Delhi Borders,' Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Urges Government to Help Migrant Workers
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Earlier in the day, in another attempt to help the migrant workers, the Uttar Pradesh government arranged 1, o00 special buses to ferry migrant workers to their respective hometowns in the state. Officials of the Transport Department, bus drivers and conductors were contacted on Friday night to help the people who were stranded in Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, and Aligarh, among other places, he said. Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Assures CMs Over Migrants, Says 'Will do Everything Possible to Help Them'
On Friday, the MHA had written to all states/union territories (UTs), asking them to provide adequate support to migrant workers.
Notably, videos have emerged in the last two days from various parts of the country of migrant workers walking on foot in a bid to reach their home states, since public transport has been shut as a part of the lockdown. The workers, many of whom have been evicted by their employers, have nothing to eat as they try to reach their respective destinations.