On Saturday, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram criticised the Centre for their unpreparedness citing the mismanaged migration of hundreds of thousands of workers from the cities to villages amid the 21-day complete lockdown as an example.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting Tuesday midnight in a bid to contain the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In his national address, the PM urged people to practice social distancing in order to flatten the curve of the spread. Following his address, metros, public transports including buses, trains, and flights were suspended until further notice.
This put thousands of daily-wage workers in peril and uncertainty.
MP Chidambaram took to his official Twitter account to call the Centre for their "Unpeparedeness". He tweeted, “‘Back to villages’ in crowded buses or on foot has significantly dented the lockdown. It is another distressing example of the governments’ unpreparedness."
“What are the central and state governments doing about the migrant workers who were allowed to leave the cities and towns and who are finding their way back to their villages?” the former finance minister asked.
What are the central and state governments doing about the migrant workers who were allowed to leave the cities and towns and who are finding their way back to their villages?— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 28, 2020
The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday sent hundreds of buses to evacuate the stranded workers from the Delhi and the National Capital Region.
As crowds packed the buses, the administration later started thermal screening of the passengers at Kaushambi.
The total number of infected cases in the country has soared to 873 with the death toll reaching 20.