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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...

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Less than 34,000 inter-State migrant workers in 2019-20, says government -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu No workers were registered in Delhi, Patna; No data on Shramik Special deaths, says responses to RTI requests. In the last five years, there have been no inter-State migrant workers registered in the Delhi, Dehradun or Patna regions. Nationwide, there were less than 34,000 workers registered in 2019-20 under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (ISMW) Act, 1979, according to a response to a recent Right to Information Act request. In response to...

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Bihar: Migrants not behind latest surge, hints data

-The Indian Express The state government’s daily health bulletin then showed how migrants accounted for more than half of the positive cases. in the ongoing surge in cases in Bihar, the numbers tell a different story. Patna: When migrants started returning to Bihar on Shramik Special Trains, private vehicles and even on foot, the state government had raised an alarm about the potential spread of infection and started quarantining them. The state government’s...

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SWAN’s third report outlines the perpetual plight of migrants in terms of food shortage, income insecurity and travel difficulties during the lockdown

On June 5th this year, the Stranded Workers Action Network, comprising volunteers from various civil society groups, academics and students enrolled in university education, released its third report entitled ‘To Leave or Not to Leave? Lockdown, Migrant Workers, and Their Journeys Home’. Among other things, the latest report states that nearly four-fifth of migrant workers (out of 5,911) who called SWAN volunteers for help (altogether 821 distress calls were made)...

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As Shramik Special Trains ‘stray’, Railways notifies ‘route rationalisation’ to explain diversions -Avishek G Dastidar

-The Indian Express The diversions have been done so that trains are not held up at one place for hours without water and food, a senior Railways official told The Indian Express. With diversion of Shramik Special Trains to navigate network congestion blowing up into a controversy, even as delayed running of these trains and shortage of food and water on board continue to plague the Railways, the national transporter has officially...

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