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Yogi government creating hurdles to accept migrants: Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik

UP government is laying down preconditions saying that the migrants should be tested for COVID-19 by the Maharashtra government.

Yogi government creating hurdles to accept migrants: Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik
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Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik has alleged that the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government is creating hurdles in accepting the migrant workers and labourers who are stranded in Mumbai and other parts of the state amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

“There are around 25-30 lakh UP migrants in Mumbai, Pune and Thane alone. The UP government is creating hurdles and is adding conditions that the migrant workers should be tested for COVID-19. We appeal that the UP government should accept their migrants like other states,” Nawab Malik said in a video message. 

The Maharashtra government is preparing to send migrant workers to their respective homes and efforts for the same were being made. Earlier, a meeting was held with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, police and railway officials in this regard. 

“The efforts are being made by the Maharashtra government to send migrants especially from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar,” said Malik while adding that the UP government was adding preconditions to accept migrant workers. 

UP government is laying down preconditions saying that the migrants should be tested for COVID-19 by the Maharashtra government. “However, there are 25-30 lakh people from the Uttar Pradesh and it will take more than one year to test all of them,” Malik added. 

The NCP minister further said that the Karnataka government was also not keen to take back its migrants from Maharashtra. However, the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments have given formal approval to receive migrants. 

It has been learned that the UP government has said that railway tickets should not be issued to the migrants until it sent its approval. Moreover, the Yogi government has also stated that more than one migrant train should not be dispatched to the same location in a 24-hour span. 

Earlier, the Maharashtra government sent nearly 4,100 pilgrims to Punjab as they were stranded in Nanded due to the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. As this happened, Punjab has recorded a huge spike in its COVID-19 tally. 

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