Despite Reaching Home, Migrant Workers’ Problems Far From Over

The Quint spoke to labourers who walked all the way from Gurugram to Damoh in Madhya Pradesh.

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After walking hundreds of miles, some migrant workers have finally reached home. However, no respite yet for these labourers as uncertainties over a secure livelihood loom large. We spoke to some of the workers who walked all the way from Gurugram to Madhya Pradesh.

This mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to villages is unprecedented. With no means of transport, amidst the lockdown, the labourers chose to walk hundreds of kilometres to their native villages. For many it is a matter of life and death as the lockdown had left them with empty pockets. With no work and house rent to pay, millions of migrant workers chose to walk back to their native village.

“We started walking 10 days ago. We got some transport in between. My money was also spent. We paid to the trucks that carried us. While we didn’t face any problem with food, I am worried because I lost my job and did not receive payments.”
Saroj, Migrant Worker

Even though some workers have managed to reach back their villages, the big question remains – with no job at hand, how will they feed themselves?

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