New Delhi: To address the issues of migrant workers in the state at this time of nationwide lockdown, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the state government will definitely take care of all migrant labourers and provide them basic necessities such as food and water. Also Read - Watch | Maharashtra Cop Sings 'Zindagi Maut Na' To Persuade People to Stay at Home, Video Goes Viral
“Maharashtra government will take care of migrant workers in the state and will protect them and provide food, but they should not leave their place. I understand that they are anxious, but they should not leave. They should avoid increasing the risk of infection,” Thackeray said. Also Read - Exodus Takes Toll: 4 Migrants Killed in Accident in Maharashtra, 1 Dies Due to Heart Attack in Agra
The Maharashtra CM also stated that the ‘Shiv Bhojan’ scheme offering meal at Rs 10 will now be available at Rs 5 from April 1. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Doctor Dies of COVID-19 in Mumbai's Hinduja Hospital, His Family Members Test Positive
“Maharashtra has already set up 163 centres across the state to provide food and water to the migrant labourers,” the CM said.
With the nationwide lockdown in place, several migrant labourers are left with no work and are leaving the state to return to their hometowns. As there is no vehicle running at this time in the state and in other parts of the country, a number of workers were seen walking on foot to reach their destinations.
While some tried to make their way out of the state in goods trucks and tempos, but were caught by police during checking.
As per updates from the Health Ministry, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has gone up to 193 with 12 more people testing positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a number of political parties in the state have come forward to help the state government in its effort to control the spread of coronavirus.
To assist the fight against the COVID-19, the BJP, NCP and Shiv Sena in the state have announced that one month’s salary of their MLAs and MPs will be donated to the relief fund to tackle coronavirus.
Moreover, Devendra Fadnavis has also asked the state BJP unit leaders and workers to assist the poor and needy in their respective areas.