In Pics: Lockdown fear pushes mass migration amid surge in Covid cases
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Last year, when the Centre had imposed nationwide lockdown, lakhs of migrant workers loaded themselves in trains, buses, trollies to reach their native homes in dearth of jobs and food. Many were seen walking for thousands of kms with their children.
The fear of a second nationwide lockdown has pushed mass migration across the country.
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Amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, many migrant labourers are coming from Maharashtra to Uttar Pradesh in packed trains. Fearing a lockdown in Maharashtra, trains packed with people are arriving at stations in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Lucknow.
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The rising Covid cases in Maharashtra have instilled fear into the labourers that the state may get into another complete lockdown. Fearing job losses and no transport home, the migrants rushed to their home towns.
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The Railways have run some special trains seeing the increase in the number of passengers. Around 45 special trains are running from west to north India with over 80,000 commuters travelling to come back home.
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Delhi-NCR witnessed similar scenes as scores of people, including women and children, were on Tuesday spotted leaving Noida for their hometowns on buses with many of them allegedly lamenting an uncertain future in the city amid worsening Covid-19 situation.
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The rising Covid cases, combined with increasing restrictions, are bringing back memories of 2020 when thousands of migrant labourers were seen struggling to return to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and other states. More than the fear of the virus, it is the fear of not being able to earn a living that’s running in the minds of all those who are returning home again.
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As India witnesses a surge in Covid-19 cases, it is the migrant workers who are yet again staring at an uncertain future. The possibility of another nationwide lockdown, combined with fear of being unable to return home, has pushed the workers to rush back home.