Maharashtra lockdown turns migrants anxious, many head home again
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Fearing another total lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise, migrant workers and their families have started leaving for their hometowns again. In Pic: Migrants workers waiting at Kalyan railways station in Mumbai.
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Maharashtra Labour Minister Hasan Mushrif has requested migrant workers to not leave the state, and assured them the government has no plans of shutting down industrial production.
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The state government’s recent directive of a partial lockdown to control rising Covid-19 cases had prompted many labourers to begin returning to their home states over fears that they would be left without any source of income in the coming month.
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Seeing the sudden increase in number of migrants returning, the Central Railway on Wednesday announced three special trains and also increased the frequency of trains heading to North India.
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Apart from Mumbai, migrant workers from Bhiwandi, Thane and Pune too have started leaving.
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Officials have advised migrants to adhere to all norms and standard operating procedures related to Covid-19 during travel. In pic: Passengers at Charbagh railway station, Lucknow, rest as they wait for connecting trains.
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Experts note that the migration back to workplaces since the end of the first lockdown has been increasingly single, male migration, leaving families behind.
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In Gujarat too, a number of migrant workers, mostly hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, have been rushing to railway stations and bus stands to travel to their native places. In Pic: Migrant workers wait for transportation in Surat. (PTI)
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