MHA rejigs rules; state disaster funds to be used to feed migrant workers

MHA changes rules: state funds for natural disasters to be used to provide food and shelter for migrant workers

On Saturday, the Union’s Interior Ministry changed the rules for assistance under the National Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), which has made it easier to get cash for food and l temporary accommodation for migrant workers during the 21-day lockdown.

In a communication to all chief secretaries, the ministry also said that medical care and clothing could be provided to migrant workers during the closure period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new SDRF rules, provisions regarding temporary accommodation, food, clothing, etc. would apply to the homeless, including migrant workers, stranded due to containment measures and accommodated in camps. relief and other places, an interior ministry told the official.

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There are reports that a large number of migrant workers have left their workplace in different parts of the country and gone to their place of origin, hundreds of kilometers away, facing difficulties along the way.

Migrant workers have no choice but to walk as normal transportation services were hit after Modi announced the national foreclosure on Tuesday.

Struck by foreclosure, daily bets, migrants walk for days to reach their homes

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to stay indoors while announcing the 21-day nationwide lockout earlier this week to fight COVID-19, daily betting and migrants have been hit hard by this decision and are trying to return to their country of origin amid the restrictions in place.

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These people have been forced to walk for miles on foot due to lack of transportation to their respective homes and are reeling from hunger and poverty in the nation’s capital due to the closure of shops and the absence of work.

Recounting her ordeal, Bhola, 70, said: “My feet are sore. I can’t walk. I have been walking since last night. I have to walk 190 more kilometers. I don’t know how I will be able to there is no option for me. “

Another migrant, Ramavtar, who is a painter by profession, broke down after walking for eight long hours. “I am a part-time worker and I paint houses. Since everything is closed, I have no choice here. My family is in Bijnor and I want to go home.”

The Center had announced a complete lockout of the whole country for 21 days to fight COVID-19 on March 22. All road, rail and air services will remain suspended during the lockout.

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