Gautam Buddh Nagar: In the wake of coronavirus pandemic that has left thousands of migrant labourers jobless and penniless across the country and efforts are on to bring them back home, there are thousands of stranded workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district who have expressed disinterest to return to their native places after lockdown 4.0, despite registration. Also Read - 'Humanity is Still Alive': Telangana Doctor Drives Tractor to Transport COVID Victim's Body, Wins Praise
District Magistrate Suhas LY said, “More than one lakh migrant workers, labourers and students stranded here were transported through 58 trains and 660 buses between May 16 and May 28, to their respective places and process is on to expedite the shifting of other stranded labourers.” Also Read - Shilpa Shetty's Yoga Tips to Beat Lockdown Muscle Stress
“At the same time, some of the labourers who got registered to return to their home, now want to stay back and take part in economic activities, which is a good thing,” he said. Also Read - Punjab Lockdown Extension News: State Bans Public Gatherings of All Kinds
The DM expressed hope that these migrants who stayed back will contribute to the workforce needed to restart industrial units and can even work at construction sites. “Now the number of workers who do not want to return home is around 40,000 to 50,000”, he added.