InvestorQ : Is it true that India is seeing migrant labourers running away from cities and what could be the risks of such a flow?
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Is it true that India is seeing migrant labourers running away from cities and what could be the risks of such a flow?

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sarah Leo answered.
2 years ago
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Unlike the countries like Italy and Spain in Europe, India has certainly managed to keep the pandemic at bay although we may have to wait for the shutdown to end before assessing the real damage. However, a different kind of problem in the form of a migrant crisis may be on the boil. Today, with no jobs and no place to stay, millions of migrant workers are jammed in public transports and shanty shelters. Health authorities have expressed concerns that this could, in itself, sow the seeds of another epidemic. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has modified the rules to allow states to use the state disaster funds (SDF) worth Rs.29,000 crore to provide food and accommodation to migrant labourers. The big challenge will now be to ensure that this does not translate into a health crisis of sorts.

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