Thiruvananthapuram: The Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala has set up 4,603 camps for the wellbeing of migrant labourers stranded in the state due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. According to official source, about 1,44,000 ‘guest labourers’ are temporarily living in these camps.
Chief Minister Vijayan addressing the media said that food, accommodation and preventive measures would be provided to all the workers in the camps. “We have taken measures to provide masks, soaps and hand sanitisers. Educational institutions will be converted into camps for them."
On issues related to certain areas in the state where labourers were reported suffering due to lack of supplies and poor living conditions, Vijayan said, “District collectors have to take the onus of the migrants' plight and ensure that they receive help.” He also called for the labour department to act effectively and said the local bodies will be responsible for coordination purposes.
Community kitchens at the campsites were also said to have started operating. "Their food, hygiene and health are being taken care of. Brochures and video messages are also prepared in their languages to educate them. Health workers who know Hindi will educate them on the do's and don'ts," the chief minister said.
The emergency response that is taken by the Kerala government, including ensuring the welfare of the stranded workers and the announcement of the economic package for different sections of the society has been widely appreciated.
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