Rajasthan starts sending stranded migrant labourers back to Haryana in buses

Written by Sukhbir Siwach
| Chandigarh |

Published: April 30, 2020 11:09:57 pm

Amit Sihag urged the Haryana authorities to deliver back college students stranded in Pune, Noida, Kota and Bengaluru. (Representational Photo)
A DAY after the Centre issued contemporary tips concerning motion of stranded individuals, the Rajasthan authorities on Thursday initiated the method of sending tons of of labourers back to their native locations in Haryana.

Congress MLA from Haryana’s Dabwali constituency Amit Sihag, who’s coordinating with Rajasthan officers, advised The Indian Express that preparations have been made to ship over 1,000 stranded labourers from Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan to Haryana. “These labourers had gone to work in agricultural fields, harvest gram and mustard, in Jaisalmer district. But they got stranded there,” mentioned Sihag.

Jaisalmer’s Assistant Director (Public Services) Bharat Bhushan Goyal advised this newspaper that the Rajasthan authorities has offered buses for this course of. “I am looking after an area called Nachna in Jaisalmer district, from where 150 labourers will be sent to Haryana. Many of them had come to Jaisalmer 2-3 months back. Harvesting season was over in the last week of March. After that they were staying in shelter homes,” he added.

On being advised that tons of of labourers from Haryana had been stranded in Rajasthan, the Dabwali MLA had raised the difficulty with each state authorities on Wednesday. Sihag mentioned these labourers are from Sirsa, Fatehabad and Palwal districts of Haryana.

On Thursday, buses organized by the Rajasthan authorities reached completely different components of Jaisalmer district to take the labourers to their native locations. “The buses had been sanitised and social distancing was ensured earlier than the labourers boarded the autos. They shall be medically examined as soon as they attain Haryana. The Rajasthan authorities had despatched 2,700 labourers to Punjab not too long ago,” mentioned Sihag.

Nanak Singh, a labourer and resident of Kariwala, Sirsa, advised The Indian Express that just about half of the inhabitants of labourers who had gone to Jaisalmer district are ladies. “I along with other family members had gone to Jaisalmer on March 18 for agricultural work. Soon after the imposition of lockdown, we were not allowed to move anywhere. For a few days, we stayed at the dhani (hamlet) of a farmer but when we started facing problems of ration, we moved to a neighbouring town, Suthar Mandi. We started living near a gurdwara so we would get food. The government ration did not reach to us,” added the 60-year-old.

While he has been going to Rajasthan for farm work for the final 5 years, this 12 months, they made no cash. “This season we could not earn anything as we were not allowed to move from one place to other and work in groups,” he added.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday had issued revised tips concerning the motion of stranded individuals. “Due to lockdown, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places. They would be allowed to move…All states/UTs should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons. The nodal authorities shall also register the stranded persons within their states/ UTs,” mentioned the MHA’s order issued on Wednesday.

Sihag urged the Haryana authorities to deliver back college students stranded in Pune, Noida, Kota and Bengaluru

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