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Government’s Second Shocker In Parliament

On migrant deaths, Nityanand Rai replied that these particulars had been “not centrally maintained” (File)

New Delhi:

The mass motion of migrants after the nation went into lockdown in March to struggle the coronavirus was due to “fake news”, the federal government stated in parliament at present, delivering a brand new shocker a day after saying there was no information on migrant deaths, due to this fact “no question of” compensation.

The Home Ministry was responding to a written query by Trinamool Congress MP Mala Roy on steps taken to guard migrant labourers earlier than the lockdown was introduced on March 25, the the reason why 1000’s of labourers ended up strolling residence and the variety of migrants labourers who died on their journey residence.

“The migration of large number of migrant workers was triggered by panic created by fake news regarding duration of lockdown, and people, especially migrant labourers, were worried about adequate supply of basic necessities like food, drinking water, health services and shelter,” replied Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai.

“However, the central government was fully conscious of this, and took all necessary measures to ensure that during the period of the inevitable lockdown, no citizen should be deprived of basic amenities of food, drinking water, medical facilities etc,” the minister advised Lok Sabha.

According to him, the centre “allowed the state governments to use the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) on 28th March itself” for offering non permanent lodging, meals, clothes, medical care, and many others., to homeless individuals in addition to migrant employees. To increase the funds with the states, the Centre launched an advance Rs.11, 092 crores from the state catastrophe funds to states on April 3, Mr Rai stated.

On migrant deaths, he replied that these particulars had been “not centrally maintained”.

Yesterday, on Day One of the primary session held within the virus disaster, the federal government advised Parliament it doesn’t have information on migrants who died or had been injured. He was requested whether or not the households of those that misplaced their lives had been compensated.

“No such data is maintained. Question does not arise in view of the above,” Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar advised Lok Sabha.

Images of tens of 1000’s of employees leaving numerous states after dropping their jobs and houses within the nationwide shutdown had been in contrast by many to the tragic scenes of mass exodus after the Partition of 1947.

With no cash or meals to feed their households, migrant employees began on foot for his or her hometowns a whole lot of kilometres away. Many died on the brutal journey residence. The opposition accused the federal government of imposing a lockdown and not using a plan for the poorest and people who misplaced their day by day earnings.

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