Rajasthan has started the process of moving nearly 40,000 migrant labourers out of the desert since last week. The laborers were stranded for the nationwide lockdown. The government allowed interstate travel of the migrants, students and others stranded by the coronavirus lockdown to travel to their home states.
The government has arranged around 40,000 buses to move migrants to states like Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. PM Modi announced to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 3 which left 16,000 migrant labourers in Jaisalmer stranded.
Most of the migrants belonged to Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand. They had come for the harvest reason. The lockdown has forced to stop all farming activities and the migrant labourers to move into shelters.
Namit Mehta, the district Collector said, “After getting clearance from the state government, we began moving migrant labourers within Rajasthan.”
“The first lot was moved to the neighbouring districts of Hanumangarh and Ganganagar on April 21,” he added.
Yesterday, after the government showed green signals to the movement of migrants, students and others, Rajasthan got prepared to send hundreds to Haryana, stepping up the process. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “Since Day one I have been saying a strategy must be devised for a smooth movement of migrant workers stranded across the country, but unfortunately there is no clarity on the same.”
“Only meticulously planned strategy with proper mode of commuting such as special trains to be run by the government will solve the problem,” he added.