A migrant worker from Madhya Pradesh carries a child as he walks along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, following the coronavirus lockdown, in Palghar | (PTI Photo)
The Union government’s order to the states to seal borders in order to restrict the movement of labourers who have been rendered jobless and homeless, amounts to mass discrimination. Many left unable to pay their house rents even as the Delhi government issued a statement recently saying that it would pay the rents in case the tenants were unable to do so. On the other hand, there are a number of senior citizens who rent their houses to the migrant workers
and their sole earning is the rent paid by them. The Prime Minister has also appealed to the industry to pay the wages of the workers for the period of the lockdown.
But how will the small-scale industries/contractors, whose businesses have shut down, make the payments to the workers? Similarly, there are lakhs of private schools across the nation, functioning on no-profit-no-loss basis and the government has asked them to defer the fee payment. But they will have to pay the teaching and non-teaching staff. The lockdown
should not mean robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Pooja Khosla Chandigarh
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