4 crore migrant workers in India; 75 lakh return home so far: MHA | India News

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Saturday mentioned round 4 crore migrant labourers are engaged in varied works in several components of the nation and thus far 75 lakh of them have returned residence in trains and buses for the reason that 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 Could 1 for transportation of the migrant employees from totally different components of the nation to their locations.
“In accordance with the final census report, there are 4 crore migrant employees within the nation,” she mentioned at a press convention right here.
Elaborating on the steps taken by the central authorities for the comfort of migrant employees since March 25, when the nationwide lockdown started, Srivastava mentioned 35 lakh migrant employees 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 difficulty of migrant employees ought to be dealt with with sensitivity and make sure that they do not transfer through the lockdown.
The states and UTs had been additionally advised to offer 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 beneath the Nationwide Catastrophe Response Fund (NDRF) for offering meals and shelter to the migrant employees.
By April 3, a complete of Rs 11,092 crore have been launched by the central authorities to the states and UTs beneath the NDRF, Srivastava mentioned.
She mentioned the House Ministry has additionally arrange a 24×7 management room to observe migrant employees’ points throughout the nation beneath the supervision of the joint secretary degree officers. States and UTs had been additionally advised 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 offer meals and shelter to the migrant employees.
The states had been additionally advised to make huge publicity in order that the migrant employees know the amenities out there for them.
Subsequently, one other advisory was despatched banning transportation of migrant employees by vans and made the SPs chargeable for any violation.
Srivastava mentioned the House Ministry on April 19 allowed motion of employees inside a state and on Could 1, inter-state motion by means 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 Could Three and once more until Could 17. The lockdown has now been prolonged until Could 31.

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