The afternoon solar is blazing in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow. The metropolis police have enforced a strict lockdown and solely important companies are allowed. The police made bulletins all night time after Prime Minister Narendra Modi final night ordered residents to remain at house for 21 days, in a particular televised address to the nation.
But extraordinarily compelling and worrying circumstances have compelled 20-year-old Awadhesh Kumar to desert warning, danger police anger and be on the streets.
Awadhesh began strolling from his manufacturing facility in Unnao to his village in Barabanki, 80 km away, on Tuesday night. He will attain solely by early Thursday, provided that he isn’t stopped by cops as he cuts via sealed state borders.
This almost 36-hour journey will likely be nearly continuous, with few breaks. Keeping Awadhesh firm are not less than 20 different males, younger and previous, all staff on the similar manufacturing facility.
“I don’t want to do this but I have no option,” says Awadhesh, requested about PM Modi’s enchantment to migrant labourers to remain put as a substitute of heading house, with the peace of mind that states will deal with their wants.
“But how could I have stayed? I work at a steel fabrication company in Unnao. I stay wherever they put us up. Last night the management asked me to vacate. They said we could not stay here. So what option do I have but head home. There is no transport. So some of us from the same village decided to walk it,” Awadhesh tells NDTV.
The unprecedented shutdown to test the unfold of coronavirus has left lakhs within the unorganized sector with none shelter, transport or means to earn. The authorities has promised that nobody will go hungry, however these migrant staff have been left with out even a spot to remain, in a single day.
Rajmal, in his 50s, can be within the group. “There is some food back at our village but my earnings are what keep my family going. I have heard of the UP government’s Rs 1,000 monthly payout plan for people like me but I am not registered anywhere. No one has come to me. It looks bleak for people like us,” says Rajmal.
The group trudges on, carrying a bag with garments, water and a few biscuits. Towels are wrapped round their heads as safety from the solar. There isn’t any safety from the virus that has contaminated over 560 in India and left 9 lifeless. Worldwide, coronavirus or COVID-19 has brought about over 14,000 deaths.
The subsequent three weeks may solely worsen as these labourers proceed on their lengthy stroll house.