In Delhi, chaos happened after around 150 migrant workers along with their family left stranded after trains meant for their returns were full. On June 18, Railways sent messages to migrant workers to reach Yamuna sports complex in East Delhi for their verification. Upon reaching their authorities informed 150 migrant workers along with their family members, about the full trains that left with other passengers.
These migrant workers were native of Bihar. Some of them carry women and children. After the news spread some NGOs arrived for their aids. Migrant workers were provided food along with an arrangement of buses for their return to Bihar.
“People with confirmed messages of travel are left out. They are simply abandoned on the roads and there is no one to take care of them or to even ask if they have had food or had resources to travel back,” sais Sonam, co-founder of Migrant Labour Support.
Delhi Chaos: NGOs Helped Migrants Reach back Home
The Wire reported Chandrajeet’s words who coordinated with the migrants and later arranged buses for their return. He said, “There are nearly 1,600 seats in each train but messages were sent out to nearly 3,100 per train, in keeping with the Railways’ past experience of the migrants’ response. So in all, about 9,300 messages were sent out.”
Chandrajeet further told as reported that around 150 migrants had paid their full rent and had left their place of staying. So, the NGO arranged buses for 150 migrants with their family. Providing a place to stay for them would cost NGO higher, so they arranged buses for them, told co-founder of the NGO. Around 40-50 people had not paid their rents, so the NGO arranged cabs for their returns.
For every bus arranged to Bihar, it had cost NGO around Rs.1 – Rs.1.25 lakh, plus GST, depends on the city. The NGO raised the required money with the help of other NGOs and donors.
The chaos occurred as the railways sent messages to a larger number of migrants, beyond their seating capacities.