Coronavirus Update: Maharashtra Government sets up 163 centres to provide food, water to migrant workers

The migrant labourers and workers are the worst-hit due to the lockdown as they don’t have work to survive in the cities. Therefore, most of them are walking to reach their village.

Coronavirus Update: Maharashtra Government sets up 163 centres to provide food, water to migrant workers
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The Prime Minister on Tuesday announced a nationwide lockdown in the view of the increasing cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 1,071 while in Maharashtra the active cases have soared up to 232. 

However, the migrant labourers and workers are the worst-hit due to the lockdown as they don’t have work to survive in the cities. Therefore, most of them are walking to reach their village. 

Amid the crisis, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier announced that the government will take care of the migrant workers and will provide them essentials including food while appealing them to not leave Maharastra in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The state will protect them and provide food, but they should not leave their place. I understand that they are anxious but they shouldn’t leave. They should avoid increasing the risk of infection,” Uddhav Thackeray said while adding that the state government has set up 163 centres to provide food and water to migrant workers. 

The Chief Minister also informed that the ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’ will be served at 5 instead of 10. Earlier, Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal also informed the same. 

The ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’ is a scheme launched by the Maharashtra government. It was priced at 10 earlier for the poor and the needy. However, in the view of the coronavirus pandemic, the rates have been halved considering that the labours are left with no way to earn money during the 21-days nationwide lockdown. 

Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that if the stranded workers require help they should approach the tehsildars, district collector or other local self-government bodies. 

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