New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Amid migration of labourers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia urged them to stay back as food and accommodation were being arranged for them by the government.
While Kejriwal appealed to the migrants through a press conference, Sisodia met many of those who were walking home to different states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people belonging to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Bengal to return from the border.
Kejriwal said the Delhi government has arranged for food for 2,00,000 beneficiaries from Friday.
“Those who are leaving Delhi and going back to their home states, I want to appeal to them to come back because we are arranging for their food. Many social and religious organizations, along with the Delhi government, have come forward to help,” said the CM.
Sisodia met a few people heading home to Rajasthan.
“I urged them to stay back in Delhi’s night shelters. I also told them that food is being arranged there,” Sisodia tweeted in Hindi, saying a number of families were being approached by the officials and the police.
India has been under lockdown for 21 days starting Tuesday midnight.
The lockdown has resulted in large-scale migration of daily wagers due to lack of employment.
From Saturday, the Delhi government said it would ensure food for 4 lakh people.