Prime Time With Ravish Kumar, May 08, 2020 | Little Being Done To Solve Migrant Workers' Problems?

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For over a month we have been reporting on Prime Time about the difficulties faced by migrant workers stranded in cities across the country due to the lockdown. 16 migrant workers in a group of 20 were killed after a cargo train ran over them while they were sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad this morning, the railways said. The migrants were walking from Jalna to Bhusaval, 157 km apart. Rather than being considerate towards migrant workers who under desperation are undertaking journeys by foot for hundreds of kilometres, district administrations block their path. Often many groups of workers are baton-charged and dispersed from the roads in an attempt to ‘enforce lockdown’, thereby forcing them to take alternate routes through forests and railway tracks. Why isn’t the Centre or state governments putting enough efforts to enable the transfer of migrant workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown? Ravish Kumar asks on today’s show. (Audio in Hindi)

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