March 11, 2021 5:37:46 am
The Punjab government spent Rs 32.86 crore from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to send as many as 6,15,789 migrant workers back to their homes during Covid-19, a written reply by Punjab Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Minister Gurpreet Kangar on the last day of budget session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha read on Wednesday.
The reply was in response to a question by Akali legislator Pawan Kumar Tinu who sought to know the details of the number of migrant labourers sent back home during the pandemic and expenditure incurred in the exercise.
As per the district-wise details given by Kangar, the total amount of Rs 32.86 crore was spent between April 15, 2020, and February 19, 2021. Among the districts, maximum labourers (2,86,280) were sent back to their homes from industrial hub Ludhiana by spending Rs 16.32 crore in a month alone from May 6, 2020, to June 6, 2020, followed by Jalandhar (98,436) by spending Rs 5.58 crore and Amritsar (50,169) by spending Rs 3.3 crore.
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