A day after thousands of workers migrant workers gathered at the Anand Vihar bus station to reach their respective home amidst lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the states to provide them food and shelter. The ministry has also asked to put the migrant workers returning to home town under 14 days quarantine and ensure they don’t transfer the virus (if infected) to others.
The order further added that tenants will not ask poor workers and migrants in the country to pay their rents for one month. This follows the government orders to the employers to pay the workers in full and not take away their jobs irrespective of the fact that they are providing their skills during the lockdown period or not.
One who fails to adhere to any of these orders will have to face stringent legal actions, the government had said.
“The states and Union territories shall ensure adequate arrangements of temporary shelters, and provisions of food etc. for the poor and needy people, including migrant labourers, stranded due to lockdown measures in their respective areas,” a Home Ministry order to the states read.
“The migrant people who have moved out to reach to their home states/home towns, must be kept in the nearest shelter by the respective state/union territory government quarantine facilities after proper screening for a minimum period of 14 days,” it added.
Amidst a 21-day lockdown enforced by the government of India, stories of 1000s of migrants workers walking 1000s of kilometers to reach their homes began doing the rounds. As the government noticed the same, Yogi Adtiyanath said that the UP government will arrange 1,000 buses to take these migrants to their homes. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that he will press 200 DTC buses for the initiative.
As soon as the news broke out 1000’s of such workers desperate to reach the safety of their home gathered at the Anand Vihar bus stand violating the PM’s order to maintain social distancing.
“You fear the disease, living on the streets. But I fear hunger more, not corona,” a worker said.
This shameless @ArvindKejriwal bent over his backs to accommodate the Rohingyas and Bangaladeshi's but when it comes fellow #Indians he herds & dumps them at the border.#CoronaVillains #kejriwal_is_a_sanke— Prassant V (@PrassantV) March 28, 2020
Mr. @PMOIndia 'Mann Ke Baat is not required now'.— Afzaluddin Dakhani (@afzal_laws) March 28, 2020
India need Kaam ke baat.
Plz kindly resolve Anand Vihar issue
Posted for @narendramodi— Jai Hind – Secular (@JaiSecular) March 28, 2020
Seem Lockdown failed.
No planning was done for this section of the society.
Ministers busy with Ramayan & Mahabharat telecast.@BJP4India @AmitShah @RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi @MamataOfficial @ArvindKejriwal @AUThackeray @
दिल्ली सरकार का निकम्मापन .. लाक्डाउन का मतलब नहीं पता की बस , ट्रेन नहीं चलेगी उसके बाद भी .. मज़ाक़ दिल्ली dtc का ड्राइवर ने 10 के बदले 20, 30 रुपय लिए .. जाँच करके सबके ऊपर कार्यवाही करे .. @ArvindKejriwal ji लोगों को ? गुमराह कर रहा है इस महामारी के समय में horrible pic.twitter.com/z79GlhNoTX— Sunil hatwal (@sun_hwr) March 28, 2020
migrants are everywhere.. in every corner of the country.. in all states.. But nowhere is this maniacal exodus happening except for Delhi.— Arun yadav (@Arunnn__) March 28, 2020
Most defining picture of the exodus. Have travelled from the Anand Vihar ISBT but never been anything like this. Unprecedented. If only had Modi had addressed migrants concerns first the country wouldn't be witnessing such visuals— Ramana (@CRamanaKumar) March 28, 2020
Hey IIT wale CM @ArvindKejriwal— KIRAN KL CHOUDHARY?? (@__491997) March 28, 2020
you have already fcked up the lockdown management, now get them manage somewhere to keep, get them into tests, feed them ,make sure they don't leave , and whoever insisted them to leave , throw them into jail.