On 24th March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a complete nationwide lockdown till 14th April. Due to the increase in the number of confirmed positive cases and the death toll in India, the Central government also ordered all the states and the districts to shut borders in order to check the community transmission of the infectious disease by migrant workers. There have been many reports coming in on how the migrant workers are heading to their villages on foot and are stranded with no food, no shelter and no money. Other horrendous acts such as spraying returning workers with disinfectants have also been reported. What had been a public health crisis soon turned into a humanitarian crisis for states to manage.
To know the situation on the ground and what are the challenges that the migrant workers are facing, we reached out to Sandeep Rauzi of Workers Unity.
Please note that this episode has been recorded in Hindi.