Amid an enormous spike in COVID-19 instances in Maharashtra, migrant employees have began returning to residence fearing one other lockdown could possibly be imposed by the federal government. The Uddhav Thackeray authorities has already introduced a slew of restrictions, together with night time curfews and weekend lockdowns, until April 30 to curtail the speedy unfold of an infection. The western state reported as many as 56,000 instances within the final 24 hours, highest by any state. A complete of 376 folks misplaced their lives as a result of an infection.
The restrictions have compelled migrant employees to return residence. Information company ANI reported that vast crowds are seen at a number of Mumbai railway stations the place labourers throng to catch trains for his or her hometown. Lengthy-distance trains departing from Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) are closely filled with scores of migrant employees.
The reverse migration has caught the eye of the administration. The Central Railways on Wednesday introduced to run particular trains to ferry migrants who’re planning to go again to their hometown. The nationwide transporter has additionally elevated the frequency of trains which might be heading in direction of northern states.
“Passengers are additionally suggested to stick to all norms, commonplace working procedures (SOPs) associated to Covid-19 throughout boarding, journey and at vacation spot,” Shivaji Sutar, CPRO, Central Railways, mentioned.
The Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) too has taken account of the state of affairs and reached out to the native administration to stop one other reverse migration of employees. The PMO, native administration and Railways are engaged on an elaborate plan to stop the exodus of labourers from main cities, together with Mumbai. The PMO is anxious in regards to the migrant employees and desires to stop mass exodus of employees which resulted in lack of jobs and human miseries final yr.
A migrant employee who was travelling in an Uttar Pradesh sure practice from Mumbai advised information company ANI, “This practice will go to Gorakhpur. We’re leaving town as a result of COVID-19 instances are rising.”
“We’re leaving for our hometown in Uttar Pradesh. As of now, there’s a night time curfew in place. It is extremely possible that a lockdown shall be put into place. To keep away from chaos just like the earlier lockdown, we’re travelling again to our native place. Undecided when, whether or not we are going to come again,” one other migrant employee advised ANI.
In the meantime, Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam has mentioned that the state authorities is just not planning a whole lockdown and due to this fact migrants shouldn’t rush again.
“Lots of them concern that a lockdown shall be imposed within the state as a result of rising Covid instances. Nonetheless, our state authorities has no such plans. We don’t need companies or small businessmen to incur losses. Lots of them haven’t even acquired themselves examined for Covid-19 and have boarded the practice illegally. We’re trying into the state of affairs. Nonetheless, I can guarantee you that none of them can return again to our state with out exhibiting a Covid damaging report,” he mentioned.
In one other associated improvement, the Central Railway on Friday introduced to droop the platform ticket facility at a number of Mumbai stations.
Maharashtra reported 56,286 new Covid-19 instances, 36,130 recoveries, and 376 deaths within the final 24 hours, the state well being division knowledgeable on Thursday. Out of 56,286 new Covid-19 instances in Maharashtra, eight,938 instances had been reported in Mumbai and 12,090 in Pune.
In keeping with the information of Union Well being Ministry, India on Friday recorded an enormous surge of 1,31,968 Covid-19 instances within the final 24 hours. With this, India’s tally now stands at 13,060,542. India is now the 4th-worst hit nation when it comes to energetic instances. As many as 780 folks succumbed to the an infection, highest since October 18, taking the demise toll to 1,67,642.
(With inputs from ANI)