Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk homeMillions of migrant workers have been left jobless and penniless in India after a shutdown that has sparked an exodus from major citiesNEW DELHI - With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk home or die hungry. Thakor is among millions of migrant workers left jobless and penniless by the full shutdown of the country on Wednesday that has sparked an exodus from major cities. - Thousands on the move -There are usually around 100 million unskilled or semi-skilled migrant workers in India, according to a government survey for 2016-17 -- around a fifth of the country's workforce. -India announced Thursday a $23 billion welfare package to help its poorest citizens with direct cash transfers and food subsidies that extends to migrant workers. But there remains the dire rural poverty and lack of jobs that drove the migrant workers away in the first place.
Source: Bangkok Post March 28, 2020 01:30 UTC