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Rahul Gandhi Calls on Indian Gov’t to Give Money to Migrants Leaving for Home Villages Amid Lockdown

India has been witnessing record numbers of coronavirus cases on a daily basis over the past two weeks, following which several parts of the country, including capital New Delhi, reinstated lockdown-type restrictions.

India’s main opposition party leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a jibe at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over a lockdown-driven exodus of internal migrant workers to their home states and suggested the government should support them financially.

“Migrants workers are fleeing to their native villages. In such a situation, it is the responsibility of the central government to deposit money in their bank accounts to help them. But will a government that blames the public for spreading corona take such a helpful step?” he tweeted in Hindi.

Gandhi’s remark comes at a time when thousands of migrant labourers in the country are flocking to railway stations and bus stops; several states have implemented a partial lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, leaving them out of work for the duration of the emergency.​

Last year, millions of migrant workers within India had to face massive hardship while returning to their home villages and small towns after a national lockdown left workplaces closed in big cities.

The first national lockdown was declared to curb the spread of COVID-19 among the general public on 24 March last year.

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