The government has no provision for economic assistance to migrant families, says Labour Ministry
- The response came during the opening session of the Monsoon Session which started on Monday with 18 sittings till October 1.
- The minister said more than 63.07 lakh migrant workers have been shifted to various destinations located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar,
Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and other states.
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The response came during the opening session of the Monsoon Session which started on Monday with 18 sittings till October 1.
In his written reply to Unstarred Question 174 on 'Migrant Workers returning to Hometown', Union Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said "No such data is maintained" when asked whether the government is aware that a number of migrant workers lost lives during their return to their hometowns and if so, the details of the same, state-wise.
Responding to the next question on whether the government has provided any compensation/economic assistance to the victims' family and if so, the details thereof, the minister said "question does not arise". On another question on whether the migrant workers returned to their homes by walking due to no arrangements by the Union government in time, Gangwar said "the Indian Railways has operated more than 4,611 Shramik Special trains for convenience of the workers".
The minister said more than 63.07 lakh migrant workers have been shifted to various destinations located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and other states. Food and water was also provided free of cost to the workers during their journey, he said. Gangwar responded to the question raised by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MP Kani K. Navas, Congress MPs Adoor Prakash and Balubhau alias Suresh Narayan Dhanorkar.
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