Migrant workers without protections are desperately trying to return home

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On March 24, PM Modi urged all Indians to stay at home for three weeks to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The short notice for the shutdown trapped the country’s 470 million migrant workers in no man’s land.

The closure of all but essential services has made it impossible for the daily wagers to live in big cities.

Desperate to return to their villages, the workers are undertaking long journeys on foot.

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This threatens to defeat the very purpose of the ongoing 21-day lockdown.

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UPDATE:

Migrant workers leaving for their homes in Uttar Pradesh. The state govt. finally provided them busses to travel to their homes.