Bhubaneswar: A serious problem is taking place involving the movement of migrant workers and their families from various districts of Odisha to neighbouring States. Such attempts may defy the lockdown as there is no way to check if any of them is already corona affected.
More than 15,000 migrant workers from neighbouring states stuck in Odisha, were working in various private construction companies, transport companies, industries, plants and ports in and around various districts of Odisha. They basically belong to Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. As the labourers said, they are people who lost their jobs after lockdown and with no savings, food or shelter, decided to return home, even their contractors not helping them out with food and shelter during this crisis. They walked down such a long distance to border districts of Odisha in groups, many of them also escaped by trucks.
State government instructed all district and state borders to seal till the lockdown. On Monday, it is seen that about 150 migrant workers trying to escape were stopped by police at Birmitrapur, and the administration arranged shelter and food for them at temporary camps, opened at several places to provide relief to the migrant workers. However top officials have been directed to establish contact with gram panchayats to quarantine migrant workers returning to their villages. Those who have violated the lockdown and reached their villages will be subject to a minimum 14 days of self-quarantine.