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    26 lakh migrant labourers stranded across 33 states: Preliminary govt data

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    ​​The data has been released after a strongly-worded directive from Central Information Commission (CIC) following a complaint by Right to Information (RTI) activist Venkatesh Nayak. ​​The chief labour commissioner had initiated this enumeration exercise during Lockdown 1.0 with lakhs of labourers trying to get back to their native villages.

    Over 26 lakh migrant labourers are stranded across 33 states during the Covid-19 outbreak with barely 10% lodged in government-run relief and shelter camps.

    A preliminary enumeration of stranded migrant labourers conducted by the Chief Labour Commissioner under ministry of labour and employment has revealed that over 26 lakh labourers are lodged in relief camps, workplaces managed by employers and other migrant clusters.

    A majority of the migrant labourers – 46% -- are in different migrant clusters. About 43% are in workplaces managed by employers and 10% are at shelters and relief camps.

    The data has been released after a strongly-worded directive from Central Information Commission (CIC) following a complaint by Right to Information (RTI) activist Venkatesh Nayak.

    The preliminary data reveals most number of migrants 10.58 lakh are in Chhattisgarh followed by Kerala 2.87 lakh, Maharashtra 2.01 lakh, Tamil Nadu 1.93 lakh, Telangana 1.84 lakh and Andhra Pradesh 1 lakh. The statistics, however, do not reveal how many migrant labourers belong to which state.

    The chief labour commissioner had initiated this enumeration exercise during Lockdown 1.0 with lakhs of labourers trying to get back to their native villages.

    On April 8, Chief Labour Commissioner Rajan Verma had written a letter to regional centres, “Number of migrant workers are stranded and placed in various temporary shelters/ relief camps arranged by state government authorities, employers at work place itself and also there are some localities where migrant workers are generally clustered. In view of this a comprehensive data in respect of the migrant workers are urgently required within three days.”

    Nayak had filed an RTI application to get the number of migrant workers stranded, district-wise numbers of male and female migrant workers, sector-wise breakup of migrant workers and the states to which they belonged.

    While he did not get any data from Chief Labour Commissioner, a complaint was filed before CIC, which took a grim view and directed commissioner to reveal data in whatever form was available.

    The preliminary enumeration shows that six states – Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim do not have a single migrant labourer in relief camp or shelter homes largely managed by the state governments.

    The Centre has been asked to update this data periodically as this would help the state governments in understanding the problem at hand.

    STATE MIGRANT WORKERS
    Chhattisgarh 10.86 lakh
    Kerala
    2.87 lakh
    Maharashtra 2.01 lakh
    Tamil Nadu 1.93 lakh
    Telangana 1.84 lakh
    Andhra Pradesh 1 lakh
    Rajasthan 92,883
    Karnataka 88,852
    Odisha
    56,622
    Haryana 48,195
    Gujarat 47,566
    Uttar Pradesh 36,421
    Assam 25,926
    Delhi 20,783
    Jharkhand 16,616
    Uttarakhand 9650
    Madhya Pradesh 9621
    Tripura 8201
    Nagaland 7762
    Bihar
    7719
    Goa 7678
    Himachal Pradesh 5541
    Arunachal Pradesh 3057
    Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2472
    Punjab
    2040
    Puducherry 2031
    West Bengal 1867
    Mizoram 768
    Meghalaya 1864
    Chandigarh 1199

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    2 Comments on this Story

    Raj37 days ago
    We have 2 most stupid people in India - Rajiv Bajaj and Rahul Gandhi. Both of them inherited legacy from parents. 1 got politics and another got business.
    None of these idiots know what would have been death toll without lockdown. All countries on planet are stupid to lockdown, but these 2 are the most intelligent ones!!!
    Both of you idiots - when you do something on your own (in Hindi it means - Apne pairon pe kadhe ho jao), and develop some intelligence in your remaining lifetime, then come and suggest what government should have done. Both of you idiots, instead of complaining all the time, come with suggestion what should be done - oh, I am sorry - but that requires some brains and you both don't have any!!!
    Ramesh Shah38 days ago
    WHAT A SHAMEFUL PITY ON THE PARTS OF THE STATES GOVERNMENT N THE CENTRE GOVERNMENT.......
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