With 1000’s of migrant staff determined to return house even by marching on foot, the Maharashtra authorities has determined to not be harsh with them and allow them to go on the humanitarian floor regardless of the violation of lockdown norms, state Residence Minister Anil Deshmukh has mentioned.
Speaking to PTI, Anil Deshmukh mentioned had the prepare companies commenced earlier, because the state authorities was demanding, the sufferings of labourers would have been a lot much less.
“It’s true that migrant labourers who’re strolling again to their house cities lots of of kilometres away are in a manner violating lockdown norms, however we’re letting them go on humanitarian floor, Anil Deshmukh mentioned.
Final month, lots of of migrant labourers gathered close to Bandra station in Mumbai, demanding that transportation preparations be made for them to return to their native locations. Police then baton-charged the employees to disperse them.
Anil Deshmukh mentioned the state authorities earlier tried to be strict, however an extension of the lockdown “pushed the migrant labourers to the sting”.
“They’re so determined to go house that they’re able to even face the wrath of legislation enforcement companies. Therefore, we determined to not be harsh with them. It’s not alone my ministry however the authorities as an entire is making an attempt to assist them, the minister mentioned.
“Had the prepare companies commenced earlier, because the Uddhav Thackeray authorities has been demanding, the sufferings of labourers would have been a lot much less,” he mentioned. Anil Deshmukh mentioned there was some communication hole (between the state authorities and labourers) which might have been corrected earlier.
“We by no means thought the lockdown would get prolonged for such a very long time. We tried to talk to migrant labourers. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray additionally made a number of appeals, however the migrant staff determined to return house, he mentioned.
Anil Deshmukh mentioned the federal government tried to persuade migrant labourers to not depart the state by telling them that some industries have resumed and there could be extra relaxations in days to return.
“Throughout my go to to momentary shelter houses, a team of workers informed me they could come again after Diwali, however now they wish to go house, the minister mentioned.
They’re taking an enormous threat by setting off on foot to their native locations as they don’t have cash and assets to finish the journey, he famous.
The minister additionally mentioned the Maharashtra authorities has borne the price of transporting 10,000 staff belonging Madhya Pradesh who had been in Telangana.
“The Telangana authorities dropped them on the Maharashtra border. Our authorities offered them shelter and meals and later dropped them on the Madhya Pradesh border. The Maharashtra authorities didn’t cost something for it, he mentioned.