Delhi government on Sunday issued an order in which it directed the senior officials ensuring the safety of the migrant workers. The government also mentioned about the various arrangements made for the migrant workers so that they do not have to walk on roads or on railway tracks.
Delhi CM said that migrant workers residing in Delhi is the government’s responsibility and they will not be left alone in this pandemic. He went onto appealing them of not leaving the city without any proper facility. Later, emphasizing that all will be able to have a safe return post lockdown.
In the past, despite arrangements in Delhi and other state governments, several migrant workers are seen walking back homes, some successful and others lost their health or lives.
Referring to the tragic incidents in the pasts with the migrant workers he called walking back an “unsafe option”.
Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday, took to Twitter and said, “The migrant labourers living in Delhi is our responsibility. If they want to stay in Delhi, they will be taken care of and if they want to return to their village, then trains will be arranged for them. Under no circumstances will they be left in a lurch.”
The order by the Delhi government stated that the migrant workers who are in Delhi will be taken care of regardless of the fact whether they want to stay back or leave for their homes.
The order read, “It should be ensured that the migrant workers do not resort to walking on the road and on railway tracks. In case they are found in such condition, they should appropriately be counselled, taken to nearby shelters and provided with food, water, etc, till such time they are facilitated to board the ‘Shramik’ special trains or buses to their native places.”
It further reads, “There should be the proper cooperation with the railways in the running of more numbers of ‘Shramik’ specials trains so that travel of stranded migrant workers is facilitated at a faster rate. All ‘Shramik’ special trains should be received without any hindrances and facilitate faster movement of stranded migrant workers to their places.”
Sources: Indian Express