New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday urged the government to help hundreds of people, who, in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of 21-day nationwide lockdown Tuesday night, have been left without work and are forced to walk on foot to their villages from metropolitan cities. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: In Advisory, MHA Asks States to Provide Adequate Support to Migrant Workers
Notably, photos and videos have emerged of migrant workers walking back to their home states due to closure of public transport as part of the ongoing lockdown. Large families, including children, have been travelling on foot without food and water. Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Assures CMs Over Migrants, Says 'Will do Everything Possible to Help Them'
In a video message on her Twitter account, the Congress leader said: “There’s a tragedy unfolding on the Delhi border. People in thousands have left for their homes on foot. There’s no support, no food.”
“The terror of coronavirus, fear of unemployment and hunger is forcing them to go back to their villages. I request the government to please help them,” she added.
Yesterday, in an advisory to states and union territories, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed them to provide adequate support to migrant workers. Various Chief Ministers, too, have written to their counterparts, seeking help for workers from their states stuck in different parts of the country due to the lockdown.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has assured his counterparts that his government will do ‘everything in its capacity‘ to help those from other states living in Delhi.