Lack of livelihood pushes returned migrants back to cities -Anhad Imaan

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published Published on Sep 9, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 11, 2020

Lakhs of rural Rajasthan migrants returned easily during lockdown since they worked in neighboring Gujarat. However, with no local employment avenues, the urban exodus would start again

Udaipur (Rajasthan): Naresh from Kalunda village in the Gogunda region of Udaipur district works at a furniture factory in Rajkot in the neighboring state of Gujarat. He stays in Rajkot for up to eight months a year, earning a salary of Rs 8,000 per month. As soon as the lockdown was announced on 25 March, he started on foot and then took a truck, to reach home.

“People from my panchayat go regularly to Rajkot or Ahmedabad. I met a few of them on my way back home,” he said. “We returned via Ahmedabad, where I saw a few familiar faces. We coordinated our commute amongst ourselves and reached Gogunda though the truck ride was super expensive.”

Naresh is among thousands of workers who seasonally migrate to Gujarat. Compared to the difficulties endured by stranded workers in cramped, dimly lit factory floors without food or water in cities, Naresh was one of the fortunate ones to have left early.

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