The Centre on Saturday mentioned round 4 crore migrant labourers are engaged in numerous works in several elements of the nation and thus far 75 lakh of them have returned residence in trains and buses because the nationwide lockdown was imposed.
Joint Secretary within the Union House Ministry, Punya Salila Srivastava, mentioned the railways have engaged over 2,600 ”Shramik” particular trains since Might 1 for transportation of the migrant staff from totally different elements of the nation to their locations.
“In line with the final census report, there are 4 crore migrant staff within the nation,” she mentioned at a press convention.
Elaborating on the steps taken by the central authorities for the comfort of migrant staff since March 25, when the nationwide lockdown started, Ms Srivastava mentioned 35 lakh migrant staff have reached their locations utilizing ”Shramik” particular trains, whereas 40 lakh have travelled in buses to succeed in their locations.
The joint secretary mentioned that on March 27, the House Ministry had despatched an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) that the problem of migrant staff needs to be dealt with with sensitivity and be certain that they do not transfer throughout the lockdown.
The states and UTs have been additionally informed to supply them meals and shelter, she mentioned.
On March 28, the House Ministry issued an order empowering the states and UTs to make use of funds underneath the Nationwide Catastrophe Response Fund (NDRF) for offering meals and shelter to the migrant staff.
By April 3, a complete of Rs 11,092 crore have been launched by the central authorities to the states and UTs underneath the NDRF, Srivastava mentioned.
She mentioned the House Ministry has additionally arrange a 24×7 management room to observe migrant staff” points throughout the nation underneath the supervision of the joint secretary stage officers.
States and UTs have been additionally informed to arrange comparable management room, she mentioned.
The joint secretary mentioned the House Ministry once more despatched an advisory on March 29 asking the states to supply meals and shelter to the migrant staff.
The states have been additionally informed to make large publicity in order that the migrant staff know the amenities obtainable for them.
Subsequently, one other advisory was despatched banning transportation of migrant staff by vehicles and made the SPs answerable for any violation.
Srivastava mentioned the House Ministry on April 19 allowed motion of staff inside a state and on Might 1, inter-state motion by way of trains.
A nationwide lockdown was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic. It was first prolonged until Might Three and once more until Might 17. The lockdown has now been prolonged until Might 31.