COVID-19 lockdown: PM expresses concern over migrants' plight

COVID-19 lockdown: PM expresses concern over migrants' plight

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New Delhi, May 31 : Expressing concern over the plight of migrant workers during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that no section in the country is untouched by the pandemic. The PM acknowledged that migrant workers and poor are the worst hit by the outbreak as he said the government is making every effort to mitigate their problems.

“There is no section in our country that has not faced difficulty and is not in trouble. And the worst-affected by this crisis are the poor and labourers. Their suffering and pain cannot be expressed in words,” he said in the 65th edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', which coincides with the last date of the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown.

“Who among us would not have felt for their suffering. All of us along with the entire country are trying to share their pain and suffering,” he added. Millions of migrant workers were left jobless by the lockdown, which is aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease and have walked thousands of miles home with several dying in accidents along the way. The Indian Railways started Shramik Special trains on May 1 to ferry the migrant workers stranded after the lockdown was announced on March 24 and extended further. The Prime Minister said the Indian Railways is working round the clock to help the poor and migrant labourers.

"So are the Centre and State governments along with other local bodies," Mr Modi added. The Prime Minister had announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 24 as a precautionary measure to contain the SARS-COV-2, which was later extended thrice till May 31. The Centre has now further extended the lockdown till June 30 and issued new guidelines for phased re-opening of “all activities outside containment zones for the next one month beginning June 1”. As per Union Ministry of Health data, 8,380 fresh Covid-19 cases have been reported till Sunday morning, up from yesterday’s 7,964 with 193 fatalities in the last 24 hours. (UNI)