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Migrant workers in GIDC to undergo COVID-19 test

Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has decided to test all migrant workers who will return to work at GIDC estates across the state. The decision is among a host taken by the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.    Gujarat has been recording a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases for the...

15 migrant workers on their way home on foot run over by goods train in M’rashtra

Fifteen migrant workers on their way home to Madhya Pradesh by foot were killed after being run over by a goods train in Aurangabad on Friday. The workers were on their way from Jalna to Bhusawal in Madhya Pradesh, media reports said. The workers were walking along the tracks and slept on the same after...

This institution is not hostage of government, remarks SC

“This institution is not hostage of government,” the Supreme Court said on Monday as it sought reply from the Centre on a plea seeking direction to authorities to allow migrant workers across the country to return home after conducting coronavirus tests. The top court’s remark came after advocate Prashant Bhushan told the court that the...

Migrants in Gujarat resort to hunger strike to return to their native places

Around 120 migrant workers who have been quarantined at Amirgadh on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border by the Gujarat government due to the coronavirus pandemic sat on a hunger strike demanding the authorities to let them go to their native places in Rajasthan. Notably, the migrants were hopeful that after the end of the 21-day lockdown announced...

Migrant workers resort to violence in Surat fearing lockdown extension

Migrant workers in Surat resorted to violence on the streets on Friday allegedly fearing extension of lockdown to contain coronavirus that is spreading like wildfire. “Workers here have blocked the roads and even pelted stones. Police were able to reach the spot and have detained around 60-70 people,” said DCP Surat, Rakesh Barot. Barot said...

40 crore workers in India at risk of falling deeper into poverty: ILO

About 40 crore workers in India working in the informal economy are at risk of falling deeper into poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said in a report that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting 2.7 billion workers globally due to lockdowns. COVID-19 is already affecting tens of millions of informal...

Gujarat Order: Salary cannot be deducted in lockdown, nor can be dismissed

Gujarat govt warns businesses of legal action for retrenchment, pay cut during lockdown At a time when there is a huge uproar over the problems faced by migrant workers and the economic consequences of the lockdown on the salaried class, the Vijay Rupani-led Gujarat government has come to their rescue. It has warned factory owners...

No migrant worker on road, Centre tells SC

The government has told the Supreme Court that there is no migrant worker on the road, a day after the SC sought a status report from the Centre on the measures taken to prevent the exodus in the wake of 21-day lockdown. As of 11 am this morning, no one is on the road...
Mandatory 14-day quarantine for migrants returning to UP, Bihar

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for migrants returning to UP, Bihar

A 14-day quarantine in state-run camps is mandatory for lakhs of migrant labourers who are returning to their hometowns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in special buses amid a nationwide lockdown over coronavirus. Thousands desperate to return home had crowded bus stations in Delhi on Saturday after over 500 buses were arranged for them by...