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Kannan VM

You are absolutely right. This is really a man-made disaster our millions of migrant workers have been been suffering since past two months. Not only the migrant workers, but also thousands of students, workers and other professionals who have gone out of their native towns/ cities, patients who have have gone to cities for treatment are also got trapped in the 'note-ban' like proclamation. It is very easy and cost nothing for those in high position and cosily perched in their glass houses to issue orders, even at god-forbidden hours. Only those who are on the street, without food and water, money and support knew, experienced the pain. To appreciate that, one needs to be humane, not enough to be just another two legged animal. Even after nearly two months, there appears no end to the travails of those who are trapped outside their home states due to the instant lockdown declaration and the centre showing just their right (and no duties) and leaving the duties to the states. And the states in turn are displaying their own discretion and leaving the sufferers still gasping.

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Rakesh Jain

By the way... Few questions to ponder for empathetic colleagues who are moved by the agony of workers moving to their native places. (I have deliberately missed the prefix Migrant) Q 1. Is it government who forced them out of job and home or was it person like you and me? Q 2. All Metros have >90% residents who moved to that metro from other Cities/states. Are they called Migrants? Q 3. Many among us have also lost their income due to lockdown. Are you demanding compensation from the government? (By the way, We had paid millions into taxes unlike the workers) Q 4. Have you ever thought of going back to your native place because you have lost your job/ income? Q 5. If you are forced to go back to your native place, will you plan to start your journey on foot/cycle/wheeled suitcase with your infants and children? Q 6. Last but not the least, have you made monthly payments to your maid/ car washman at home, shop and office during the period of lockdown? These questions will help your decision making through better understanding of context. Then if you find yourself on the other side of blame game, let's help the poor by taking pledge to make all the due payments to our suppliers, vendors and creditors. Let's restart rotation of capital to generate income! May God Bless All!

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RUSSEL IAN

Vet DR Dammit Patra was just overheard blabbering that the BJP paid 85% of the cost of the cycles,, he says all they had to spend was for the wheels the tyres and the air,, plus he says they were provided side carriages too made by him and Piush Goyal at the railways workshops

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RUSSEL IAN

Good riddance to bad rubbish as one would say,, being a mere puppet or rather a paid puppet did not help, better go into hibernation

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Venkatakrishnayya chelayar kollya

No government could have done better than the present one. Congress would have looted the treasury in the name of migrant workers, some elements who donot see the growth of our country could have had a free time in fanning the disease and creating disharmony and terror. Let us be understanding the gravity of the situation

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Venkatakrishnayya chelayar kollya

Why many of the states have failed to provide a smooth transition to migrant issue. THE ARTICLE IS ILLOGICAL AND IS BIASED. The issues like lockdown has to be abrupt and cannot be given time for the disease to flare up and occupy the entire country. The mammoth and complex issue is not understand by the author and also media. It is shame on us that people with Unintelligence and limited foresight write on persons who has foresight and strong resolution to fight the issues on hand

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Raman Tiwari

Absolutely correct information written . This is actually happened . The government has much of time to think before lockdown, but didn't , unluckily we people all facing lots of problem and this problem will pay this government soon. I have already boycotted the prim minister.

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Tushar Taliyan

India has 20 cr migrants, full capacity of trains is 1700...I don't expect you to understand this, it's beyond your capacity

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Joshua Kurian

Point 1 is the source of all our miseries. Imagine what goes through the minds of these migrants. For 70% of us there's no difference between life and livelihood. Does any politician in India know this??!!

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Amitabha Basu

With the uneven development of different parts of India for decades on end, migrant workers going to different parts of the country for seasonal or permanent work is a long-standing phenomenon. In the present scenario, Modi announced a stringent lockdown with only 4 hours' notice. Even neighbours like Bangladesh and the much-maligned Pakistan allowed several days for people to move to wherever they wanted before the lockdown was imposed, and these are much smaller in size than India. It was known to all that the overwhelming majority of employers of migrant labour would not pay them for the lockdown period, and they would not be able to survive themselves without food and lodging, not to speak of sending money home to their dependent families. But little or no relief was given to them, except sanctimonious appeals to employers and landlords not to leave their employees in the lurch, which would largely be 'honoured' only in the breach. Under these conditions, one can only conclude that the Modi regime is squarely responsible for the largest man-made famine in urban independent India. And the so-called 'relief package' of 20 lakh crores, announced at 20.20 on 20 May 2020 (gross numerology joke) is in reality not 10% but only 1% of India's GDP !

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Avtar Singh Khandpur

I am agahust on the inability of our present cental govt.which has absolute majority in the house and has lot of political fund to spare.This is the govt. which vigorously supports a religion which believes giving alms to the needy to earn moksh. Avtar Singh Khandpur.

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Bhargav Reddy

Absolutely correct....still now other than lighting lambs and clapping nothing is happening ...we lang in testing , migrants issue is purely because of unpreparedness of government...this is actually the time to learn from other countries which are doing their best to come of out of this..

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Roby Sharma

Hyper partsian leftist journalism of Scroll is unnerving. I used to come to Scroll for neutral detailed news but lately their opinioted anti government rant is making me abandon Scroll

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Vishwas W

QUOTE It announced a nationwide lockdown with just four hours of notice. UNQUOTE Oh yeah? Is your argument then that they should have given more notice period before the actual lockdown? That would have caused a disaster a hundred times worse than Koyambedu, when Tamil Nadu got a 2-day notice before lockdown. Everyone rushed to the shops, the wholesale markets resulting in 1000 additional cases within a week! TN is still reeling from that catastrophe.

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Venkatram Sastry

Four hours or 40, we would have behaved almost exactly like this!!! We have it imbibed in our Genes not to follow what is said. We always want to be outside the box and prove ourselves smart. It's a known fact that a journey of 1000 km takes atleast 20 days. What are we trying to prove???? Is it heroism or false bravado?????? Lockdown was announced to contain the virus, but we countrymen are eager to spread it ! What will Modi do?? Nothing!! Even god can't do anything if we behave so stupidly. Congress which has no solution wants to use this to propel a rudderless leader!!! Lockdown is a bad decision!!! Modi is all wrong!! But does anyone have a best solution?? No, for all are groping in the dark. Congress if it wanted to be constructive should have played it's part honestly than creating panic and fear mongering!!! We dont need enemies when we have such good opposition over here.... We have all played the victimhood card and it's high time we stopped it.. It's just simple.....When you go to a doctor for treatment, you only need to listen to him if you want a cure. If you listen to all and sundry and go for self treatment, all youbend up is in a MESS!!

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Tushar Dhrolia

Your report states that first case of corona was detected on 30th Jan , but the Modi Govt., ignored it as disaster looming on India , the reason is Modi Govt., was busy cracking down on protestors of CAA and NRC , thereafter Modi Govt., was busy fighting Delhi elections on communal basis , thereafter the Modi Govt., was busy promoting Delhi riots leaving 60 dead , and if that was not enough the Modi Govt., was busy buying off Congress MLA's in Madhya Pradesh , so pray tell how could Modi Govt., have given thought to the upcoming serious situation of migrant workers , ofcourse it was also more important than poor workers that a Rs.100/- Corore rally to be attended by 10lakh people attending for India's most important guest Trump , who is saviour of India , if 2 corore poor migrants are required to be sacrificed for Modi's Govt., programmes , means nothing to BJP , as it is Loksabha elections are not until 2024. None of the BJP top leader have thought it fit to come out and help the poor migrants , but Rahul Gandhi just met a few migrants , FM Ms Sitharaman started hopping up and down as if someone just lit a fire behind her .

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Naseer Bava

"A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts".

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Vijay Rana

You people can't be satisfied at all no matter whatever is done. Food is given shelter is being provided what else you want unless you are completely willing to go what the situation is have they not earned anything in recent past time to even managed their living. And you people come with all those human rights guns for only shoot the govt. I bet you if government had failed to save people from covid-19 you would be the first to jump to lay blame on government.

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Jangu Banatvala

Food is NOT being provided! If the government were indeed doing that, why are NGOs and good Samaritans working overtime? Shelter? Where? On the pavement? The government has no brains and even less compassion. Bhakts like you will keep singing paens to them. Open you eyes! Poor people are going through immense suffering while morons in the government will change costumes 5 times a day and think up cool Sanskrit slogans like Aatmanirbhar!

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RUSSEL IAN

We're you standing in queue to check if they were provided food and shelter,, don't bark,,, they were provided by citizens and NGO, s nose not blind bhakt like you barking

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Ramarao Velury

Sir, why didn't you blame the previous govt of Orissa, Bengal, UP, Bihar for the migrants moving from their state s to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Telangana, TN and Kerala. The origin never bothered about its own citizens.

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Sandeep mishra

Even if Central govt had given weeks time for lockdown this 1.5 crore migrant workers could not have reached their home states in a weeks time & a lot of them would have been on highways travelling to their respective states.

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Narendra Agarwal

When Modi ji announced first lockdown effect from 25th March until 14th April, he never thought there will be need for another announcement of lockdown as he underestimated the effect of this pandemic virus. Migrant labourers accepted the first lockdown and even the second one but when they were not able to earn daily wages and employers didn't paid salary beyond March salary, the labourers after exhausting their entire savings lost patience and decided to reach home town by any means immediately after the third lockdown was announced and various media reported different pictures of this virus to last for longer period scared them.