75 lakh migrants have return home so far: MHAMay 23, 2020 18:59
The Centre on Saturday said around four crore migrant labourers are engaged in various works in different parts of the country and so far 75 lakh of them have returned home in trains and buses since the nationwide lockdown was imposed.
Joint Secretary in the Union home ministry, Punya Salila Srivastava, said the railways have engaged over 2,600 'Shramik' special trains since May 1 for transportation of the migrant workers from different parts of the country to their destinations.
"According to the last census report, there are four crore migrant workers in the country," she said at a press conference here.
Elaborating on the steps taken by the central government for the convenience of migrant workers since March 25, when the nationwide lockdown began, Srivastava said 35 lakh migrant workers have reached their destinations using 'Shramik' special trains, while 40 lakh have travelled in buses to reach their destinations.
The joint secretary said that on March 27, the home ministry had sent an advisory to all states and Union Territories that the issue of migrant workers should be handled with sensitivity and ensure that they don't move during the lockdown.