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Jharkhand Leads The Way, Airlifts 60 Stranded Migrant Workers From Leh Ensuring Safe Homecoming

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29th May, 2020 13:15 IST

Ever since the lockdown was announced in late March, the heart-wrenching ordeal of migrant workers has shook the collective conscience of the country, turning a pandemic into a humanitarian crisis due to apathy of the government and mismanagement of a crisis.

Though the government managed to run special trains to ferry migrant workers back to their native states, after they ran our of employment and other means of survival due to the lockdown, the sheer mismanagement has led to many losing their lives on the way to home.

However, some states are putting more efforts to bring migrant workers back home safely.

In what could be a first, the Jharkhand government arranged for chartered planes to evacuate migrant labourers stuck in Leh and bring them back to Ranchi.

We are committed to ensure our migrant workers return home safe. Our Govt is flying back 60 workers, who were stranded in Batalik- Kargil, Leh to Ranchi.
Spcl thanks to @DvCom_Secretary - Ladakh, DG- BRO & local BRO Officers, @flyspicejet & @IndiGo6E teams for their able support

€” Hemant Soren (घर में रहें - सुरक्षित रहें) (@HemantSorenJMM)

The workers were stranded in Leh following the lockdown and had requested the state government to be brought back to their home state, after losing jobs and facing problems to survive there.

The move comes a day after the Supreme Court ruled that state governments will have to ensure all help to migrant workers stranded in other states across the nation.

With this move by Soren, Jharkhand becomes the first state to airlift 60 workers who will be bright from Batalik in Leh to Ranchi.

The workers reached out to the chief minister on May 10 via Twitter and the government swiftly began the process to bring them home. Soren personally urged the Ladakh administration to provide assistance to them while the state was arranging for their return.

The workers, with support from the local administration, were checked, thermal screened and transported by BRO to Leh on Thursday.

According to a report by Times Now, Soren personally monitored the whole exercise of airlifting the workers which cost the government around Rs. 8 Lakh.

The Jharkhand chief minister has been at the forefront raising the issues of the safe return of migrant workers to the state.

Till now, around 4 Lakh of the total 7.5 Lakh registered workers have been brought back to states by various means.

The Jharkhand government is also working to airlift around 320 workers from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands soon.

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