Follow Us:
Monday, May 25, 2020

Migrant labourers stopped at Rajasthan border

In the initial days of lockdown, Gujarat government had made arrangements to send thousands of labourers to their native places in three phases. After that, the government announced that it will not allow any movement across the border.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: April 1, 2020 12:05:25 am
Coronavirus update, coronavirus news, coronavirus cases, india coronavirus update, coronavirus latest, india coronavirus news, coronavirus latest news, Delhi Nizamuddin On Tuesday, around 500 migrant labourers from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh could be seen moving towards Ratanpur checkpost near Shamlaji in Aravalli district. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Even as the Gujarat government has declared that it will not allow movement of migrant labourers across state border to their native places, hundreds of labourers could be seen moving in Aravalli district in North Gujarat towards Rajasthan, on Tuesday. Aravalli district shares border with Rajasthan.

In the initial days of lockdown, Gujarat government had made arrangements to send thousands of labourers to their native places in three phases. After that, the government announced that it will not allow any movement across the border.

However, on Tuesday, around 500 migrant labourers from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh could be seen moving towards Ratanpur checkpost near Shamlaji in Aravalli district.

Lalu Das (47), a borewell worker from Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, had been working in Valsad district of South Gujarat for past few years along with 10-15 other labourers. Follow India Coronavirus LIVE UPDATES

“I left Valsad because people of the village where I used to stay told us to leave because the government had declared lockdown till April 14. What should we do? We did not have arrangements for food or water. Now we are stranded. Police here is not allowing us to go,” said Das.

Uday Singh, 26, who used to work with Das, said, “We left Valsad 4-5 days ago. Today we reached this (inter-state) border. We are too tired and our legs are bruised. But police are not allowing us to go. Our family members are too worried for us. We really hope for some help.”

Also Read | Walking with the migrants, across four states, one story: What do we have here?

Aravalli Superintendent of Police, Mayur Patil, said, “We are not allowing anybody to cross the border during the lockdown period. We are persuading the labourers to go back to where they came from. If they are not willing, we will keep them in relief camps here. They may stay here as long as the lockdown is in place.”

“We are also asking the companies for which the labourers were working to take care of them and give them salary. If the labourers are daily wagers, then they can always stay in the relief camps,” he added.

Speaking with The Indian Express, Aravalli Collector Amrutesh Aurangabadkar said, “We have three relief camps in the district — two in Bhiloda and one in Modasa. We are providing them all the facilities, including meals, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines. At present, we have around 1,100 migrant labourers in the camps.”

Here’s a quick Coronavirus guide from Express Explained to keep you updated: What can cause a COVID-19 patient to relapse after recovery? | COVID-19 lockdown has cleaned up the air, but this may not be good news. Here’s why | Can alternative medicine work against the coronavirus? | A five-minute test for COVID-19 has been readied, India may get it too | How India is building up defence during lockdown | Why only a fraction of those with coronavirus suffer acutely | How do healthcare workers protect themselves from getting infected? | What does it take to set up isolation wards?

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Ahmedabad News, download Indian Express App.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement