NEW DELHI: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi appealed to the public, his party leaders and workers to help those who are migrating to their homes moving on foot. He urged all those who are capable enough to provide these people with food and shelter in their tough times.
Taking to his Twitter account, Gandhi wrote, "Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said: "Today, hundreds of our brothers and sisters, along with their hungry and thirsty families have to move towards their villages. On this difficult path of theirs, those of you who are capable enough, provide them with food, shelter and water."
He further said, "The appeal to help the needy is particularly from Congress workers and leaders."
आज हमारे सैकड़ों भाई-बहनों को भूखे-प्यासे परिवार सहित अपने गाँवों की ओर पैदल जाना पड़ रहा है।इस कठिन रास्ते पर आप में से जो भी उन्हें खाना-पानी-आसरा-सहारा दे सके,कृपा करके दे! कॉंग्रेस कार्यकर्ताओं-नेताओं से मदद की ख़ास अपील करता हूँ।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 28, 2020
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Several migrant workers were spotted at Delhi-Ghaziabad border since Wednesday who all were on their way home on foot crossing miles after miles. Many of them are anxious about the situation after the sudden announcement of 21 days' lockdown by PM Modi on Tuesday while others have been granted offs by their contractors considering the situation of the country due to pandemic COVID-19.
Robert Vadra, Rahul's brother-in-law and a businessman, wrote on Facebook, "I feel terrible for the poor people, who have no food or place to stay and with the sudden coronavirus lockdown had no healthy shelter and forced to travel back to their villages. There are elderly, women, and little children who are walking back for kilometres, as there are no vehicles to transport them, and pay their savings to put the elderly in rickshaws or in these unsafe concoction of a vehicle called a 'Jugaad', and travel for days."
The post further read, "I request the central government, and state governments to help these people, and I am finding ways as well if authorities can help these people at adjoining borders assist them to get home, in the safest and healthiest ways."
All the haste began after the PM's announcement of 21 days' lockdown of the whole country. The daily wagers are facing some tough situations as their whole life has come to a stop with no work and money. However, the Centre has decided to provide Rs 170, 000 Cr so as to help such weaker section in these times.