No Data On Migrant Deaths, So No Compensation, Says Government: 10 Points -Sunil Prabhu

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published Published on Sep 15, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 17, 2020


Parliament Session: The ministry, however, admitted that more than 1 crore migrants made their way back to their home states from various corners of the country.

New Delhi: There is no data on migrant deaths so the "question does not arise" of compensation, the Union labour ministry said in parliament on Monday to a question on whether families of those who had lost their lives while trying to reach home in the coronavirus lockdown had been compensated. The government's written response in Lok Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session triggered anger and criticism from the opposition. "If you haven't counted, have the deaths not taken place?" Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is abroad for his mother Sonia Gandhi's health check-up, tweeted this morning.

Here are 10 developments in this big story:

1. In the session - the first since the countrywide lockdown was imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic -- the ministry was asked whether the government has any data on migrant workers who returned to their states.

2. The ministry was also asked whether the government was aware that a number of migrant workers lost their lives during return to the hometown and the details if any. The government was also asked about the economic assistance or compensation given to such families. In his written response, Union Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, "No such data is maintained. Question does not arise in view of the above".

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NDTV, 15 September, 2020,

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