Written by Aishwarya Mohanty
| Vadodara |

Printed: April 30, 2020 8:29:53 pm





A policeman serves meals to a homeless man in Vadodara. (Categorical picture by Bhupendra Rana)

“We are ready to die of starvation,” says Shivam Kumar, a migrant employee at a reduction camp in Vadadora.

Kumar and several other different employees from Uttar Pradesh lodged on the camp refused to have their meals on Thursday to register their protest. They usually have just one demand: ship them again to their houses.

Kumar (18), a local of Etawah in UP, had set off from Karjan in Vadodara together with 9 others to their dwelling state, when he was delivered to this beneath development constructing for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) by the Vadodara Municipal Company (VMC) on March 28 after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Observe Coronavirus India LIVE Updates

As migrant labourers from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have been despatched off to their houses in buses on April 25, the wait to go dwelling for these labourers from UP now feels even longer.

“It has been a month and two days since we are here. We haven’t said anything so far. But now we cannot handle it anymore. I want to go back and see my mother,” Kumar says.

This was one of many first reduction camps arrange within the metropolis to deal with these migrants who had began their journeys from varied cities of the state to their native states of UP, Bihar, MP and Rajasthan.

On Thursday afternoon the police intervened and introduced over a loudspeaker that they are going to be despatched again dwelling and shouldn’t skip consuming.

“Their only demand is that they want to be sent back home. We have tried to intervene and have urged them to eat but they have refused. But never the less we will keep trying,” mentioned VP Chauhan, Inspector at Bapod police station.

In the meantime, the district administration awaits affirmation from the respective state governments to ship again the migrant labourers.

“We are ready to send them back but there are certain protocols to be followed. There was confirmation from MP and Rajasthan but there has been no confirmation from UP and Bihar regarding sending back their natives. As soon as we receive a confirmation we will send them back,” mentioned VMC Commissioner Nalin Upadhyay.

One other labourer Babloo Chaudhary recollects the exhilarated name he had made to his dwelling on April 25 when the primary batch of migrants from have been despatched again to their native locations.

“I informed my wife and children and they were very happy. But every day we were told that we would be allowed to go next day. Now every passing day feels longer than the previous one,” Chaudhary mentioned. He had his final meal on Wednesday night — a bowl of khichadi.

Round 25 members on the reduction camp are from the Muslim group who’re discovering it tough to look at quick throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

For 20-year-old Mohammad Arif from Kanpur, that is the primary time that he couldn’t quick throughout this holy month.

“There are no fans here and it is extremely hot. How can I stay without food for 16-17 hours in this heat? I already feel very weak. I don’t even have money to buy myself fruits to eat for sehri,” Arif says.

The eldest in his household, he had moved to Surat to work at a textile unit to assist his mom and 4 younger brothers.

Mohammad Anwar Khan (29), who had set out from Mumbai to achieve his village in Sultanpur to have a good time Eid together with his household, has now run out of cash for one meal a day.

“I was observing Ramadan till now. I would get a banana or two and eat it in the morning. But I ran out of money yesterday. I had asked my sister to transfer some money. But first I need to look for someone with a bank account to get the money transferred,” Khan says.

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