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Home vs livelihood: The dilemma of transporting migrant workers to villages explained

On April 29, the Union Home Ministry allowed state governments to transport migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, patients and others stranded due to the lockdown to their respective states from different parts of the country.

May 06, 2020 / 10:31 AM IST

The role of migrant workers in keeping the economic wheels running in India’s biggest urban centres such as the National Capital Region (NCR) and Mumbai cannot be overemphasised. Their return to these cities is as vital for their income as it is for engineering a rebound in India’s service-led economy.

What is the issue with stranded migrants in India?

On April 29, the Union Home Ministry allowed state governments to transport migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, patients and others stranded due to the lockdown to their respective states from different parts of the country.