Increased testing for coronavirus and the query of migrant labourers dominated the second zoom session of senior Congress leaders together with Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Both points have been on the centre stage of the disaster the nation is dealing with over the worldwide pandemic.
“We must have a broad framework of protection of migrants, we must insist that migrants are protected,” mentioned Rahul Gandhi, including that it have to be acknowledged that the “state governments are actually going to be responsible for driving this thing and different state governments choose different methodologies for solving this problem”.
The hardships being confronted by migrant labourers has been a key space of concern for the reason that lockdown began and 1000’s of them began making their approach again to their villages on foot. After the Centre mentioned it was defeating the aim of the lockdown and ordered states to seal borders, incidents reported from numerous components of the nation highlighted their plight in absence of standard earnings and typically even meals and shelter.
Last week, practically a month after the lockdown was declared, a number of states, together with Uttar Pradesh, took initiative for the return of migrant labourers.
Migrant employees from Uttar Pradesh, who have been working in Haryana, have been being despatched again to districts of western Uttar Pradesh, together with Bulandshahr and Meerut, by Haryana roadways buses.
But the transfer acquired a warning from Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who mentioned he would “request against it”.
“I heard UP Chief Minister’s statement (on running buses) and I would request against it. I feel, at this point, we need to exercise caution. This is not the time,” he advised NDTV.
Mr Gandhi mentioned, “The movement of the migrants should depend on the two states and they should have a conversation”.
“One must leave it to the home state of the migrants to figure out a way of taking them back. The bulk will have to remain where they are and they have to be immediately given cash and grain,” mentioned former Union Minister P Chidambaram.
The Congress leaders additionally agreed that the nation ought to enhance the testing services.
Calling the prevailing testing services “inadequate”, Manmohan Singh mentioned, “Without adequate testing facilities we cannot conquer this menace”.
“10 million tests should be conducted to reach the threshold level of 1 per cent of the population,” mentioned senior chief and former union minister Jairam Ramesh.