RTI Shows the Government Did Collect Data on Deaths of Migrant Workers During Lockdown -Dheeraj Mishra
Despite the Indian Railways confirming that at least 80 deaths were recorded on Shramik Special trains, the Centre refused to disclose this data in parliament.
New Delhi: During the on-going parliament proceedings that began on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown was announced, 10 Lok Sabha MPs have posed questions related to the deaths of migrant workers.
In question 174 (a and b), details were sought regarding the migrant workers who returned to their states from various parts of the country during the nationwide lockdown period. The government was also asked whether it had details of the migrant workers who lost their lives while returning to their hometowns.
In response, the minister of state for labour and employment, Santosh Gangwar said that no such data is maintained.
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TheWire.in, 18 September, 2020, https://thewire.in/rights/centre-indian-railways-lockdown-deaths-migrant-workers-shramik-special-rti