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Nearly 600,000 workers migrated on foot during lockdown, govt tells SC

The government expressed concern, saying that the migration had the potential to spread the deadly virus to the rural population "which has remained untouched so far"

Migrants board a bus to their native village, during a nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Ghaziabad. Photo: PTI
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Migrants board a bus to their native village, during a nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Ghaziabad. Photo: PTI

Somesh Jha New Delhi
The Central government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that 500,000-600,000 migrants reached their villages on foot during the lockdown, even as all policy measures were in place to take care of their needs.
 
The government expressed concerns over the large movement of migrant workers in the past few days, from cities to villages, had the potential to spread the deadly virus to the rural population “which has remained untouched so far.”

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Topics : Coronavirus

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First Published: Mar 31 2020 | 5:50 PM IST

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