New Delhi: As the nation is under complete lockdown for 21 days starting from Tuesday, many migrant workers in the national capital are spending sleepless nights as their meagre means of livelihood is slowly drying up. Also Read - Coronavirus: Odisha to Set up Country’s Largest COVID-19 Hospital, Will be Functional in Fortnight
With road and rail traffic suspended due to the lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, many migrant workers are stranded in the national capital without any proper means of sustenance. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: Namit Das Says He's Spending Time in House Cleaning
Talking to news agency PTI, one worker Suresh Chaudhary said that he has been locked in his room from Tuesday and his little saving is also drying up. Moreover, he doesn’t know what to do next. Also Read - Day After Bringing Back Migrant Workers to Bengal, Mamata Banerjee Announces Rs 50,000 For Each of Them
“We have locked ourselves in a room as there is no work. Our little savings are also drying. We don’t know how long we can sustain ourselves,” he said.
He stays in sharing accommodation with five other workers. “I am stuck in a place which is worse than even jails. Even convicts in jail are getting better food, facilities than us. I am managing with whatever little money I have earned in the previous week,” he added.
Apart from Chaudhary, there are hundreds of migrant workers who have been stranded in the national capital without any work or proper means for sustenance. Not only this, the lockdown has also affected people who wanted to return home for family urgency.
Dev Pal, a resident of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh, who is working in Delhi said that he came to the national capital couple of days ago to see his ailing uncle.
“My uncle was unwell, and I came here in east Delhi’s Seemapuri area on Sunday to see him. Now, I got a call from Badaun that my mother is sick. I came out of my uncle’s house and have been waiting for a bus at Apsara Border till Anand Vihar for the past one hour. A couple of buses have passed, but no one is willing to stop. I have to go to Badaun somehow,” Pal said.
Taking a drastic measure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week had announced a complete lockdown of the country for 21 days to contain the spread of coronavirus. As per updates from the Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 649 and the death toll rose to 13.
(With Agency Inputs)