No data available on migrant workers' deaths, job losses during lockdown: Centre

Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 14: The Centre informed the Parliament on Monday September 14 that there was no data available on the number of deaths of migrant workers which occurred due to the sudden nationwide lockdown imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

This was stated through a written reply by the ministry of labour and employment which maintained that there was 'no such data available'.

On whether any compensation or relief was provided to the victim’s family, the ministry said that as there was no data, the question of compensation does not arise.

Further, the government asserted that it had also not kept track of the job losses amid the pandemic. 'No such data is maintained,' it said.

According to a World Bank report in April this year, the nationwide lockdown, which was enforced on March 25, impacted the livelihood of nearly 40 million internal migrants.

As per the data, small traders, hawkers and daily wage labourers were the worst hit by the lockdown in April, comprising 91.2 million of the jobs lost from the total loss of 121.5 million in that month.

“This category of employment accounted for about 32 per cent of the total employment but, it suffered 75 per cent of the hit in April. Large numbers of these people lost their source of livelihood so quickly because their employment is almost entirely informal,” Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) had earlier said.

Responding to the question on whether the Centre failed to assess the issues faced by these labourers, the Centre said: “India, as a nation, has responded through the Central government, state governments, local bodies, self-help groups, Resident Welfare Associations, medical health professionals, sanitation workers as well as a large number of genuine and bonafide non-governmental organizations in the Nation’s fight against the unprecedented human crisis due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and country-wide lockdown, including Tamil Nadu.”

Defending its stance, the Centre pointed out that over 4,611 Shramik Special trains were run by the Indian Railways to help the labourers return home. "More than 63.07 lac migrant workers have been shifted to various destinations located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and other States. Food and water were also provided free of cost to the workers during their journey," it said.

However, sources stated that 110 migrants died on Railway premises during the operation of Shramik Special trains since May 1.

Meanwhile, as per the data regarding 63.07 lac stranded migrants who boarded 4,611 Shramik Special trains it was observed that the 110-odd deaths were caused due to underlying illness and Covid-19. Moreover, a couple of deaths have not been taken into account as the bodies were found on tracks — possibly, run over by trains.

In June, the Central Information Commission had earlier directed the chief labour commissioner to upload all data regarding migrant workers stranded in shelters set up by governments or by employers at workplaces or those generally clustered in districts. It had also directed that the information must be updated from time to time.



With Inputs from Agencies


Comment on this article

  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    I feel sorry for central government the way they handle migrant workers during lock down. It was total chaos. There is no humanity exists.

    Also its disturbing our state government was busy in celebrating one year anniversary. Shameless political people.

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  • Shah, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    If one celebrity commits suicide, the whole nation cried. There are no condolences for these workers who died on road due to the failure of Govt.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Data on migrant workers' death is not recorded.
    Modiji aise kuch bhi nahi karthe. Kuch soch samajkar hi kiya hoga!

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Rafael files stolen...Vijay Mallya files missing....Nirav Modi papers gutted in fire....And now no data available on migrant workers ...! What a GOVT we have !

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Now centre is eyeing on Co op Banks funds.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Incidentally we are the people NUMBER one in Computer Technology and earning the revenue from worldwide but it comes to our own benefits its shows ZERO efficiency on our own products and people.

    We are ready to work as a SLAVES to EUROPEAN and MIDDLE EAST countries but when it comes to our COUNTRY its feel like shame. DESHPREM, DESHBHAKTHI all in the MEDIA and POLITICAL people agenda in reality no one is bothered about it.

    It might be a fake digits broadcasting in the TV Channels about corona DATA it might be just like weather predictions by the meteorological department.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    No one has died.....all the people died because they were on Theerthayatra and few might have died because of their adventure. In noway government is not responsible in this.....!!!!!!!????????? This is what our Government is trying to convey the message.

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  • Lilly, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Why are you getting religious belief in political issues? what thirthayatra had to do with this case? do you know what is meaning of thirthayatra?? you better not to comment such religious thoughts and belief.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Lilly, Mangalore....I dont think I have to answer your comment...People have already answered by their likes and dislikes.

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  • Lilly, MANGALURU

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Getting positive likes here is very rare...

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    We have forgotten real india by telling my dear brothers and sisters
    How the migrants moved seen by all the people.They are equal to all in constitution but treatment bad than animals protection act. Any sympathy from administration come from heart then fruit bearings. Lips is a Mike of deceit

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  • Kalliwalli, Dubai/ Udupi

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    But all data of Rhea Chakraborty is available..this is more important. Kalliwalli corona.

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  • Shane, MNG

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    This BJP government neither Keeps Important documents such as biggest defence deal or data pertaining to deaths of migrants, only breathing on ventilator called fake word of mouth spearheaded by PM himself. We are heading towards no light at the end of fake-tunnel.

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  • Arman, Dubai

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Astonished by the blindness you have,
    An iota of empathy that's all we can expect for now.
    Bhakthism will backfire soon.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    There is no single migrant worker in India. They all are Atm-nirbhars!

    Apna haath, apne sar par.. Thank you!

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  • Matin, Goa

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Thank God Sushant Sing Rajputh Complete data available.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [37] Reply Report Abuse

  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    that data is top secret...

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  • Mohan, Kudla kattada kori

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Till modi in power all data will available. Like DRONE PRATHAP. due to privacy reasons, not disclosed to public
    Jai MOODI jai..

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  • Zee, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Acha...Yeh batao ke government ke paas hai kya?

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  • Meri Bakwas Suno, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    No data of lives lost due to lockdown
    No data of jobs lost due to lockdown...
    No wonder government is not accepting that how much Indian land has been occupied by Chinese army after intrusion..

    Looks like government is running a grocery. By the way groceries are better managed.
    It shows how much government cares for the poor.

    Next time Government will say there is no data to calculate GDP, Public Debt.
    Where are we heading?

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  • Salah, AUH

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    No Data,, only Dombarata!

    DisAgree [2] Agree [52] Reply Report Abuse

  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Give this job to TRP hungry news channels they will get the data.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [55] Reply Report Abuse

  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    You can't expect anything from this government for the benefit of poor people but what is our opposition party doing

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Thank you for self exposing and admitting incompetency in implementing planned strategy, safety and security of people during pandemic. This is like cat drinking milk with closed eyes. Wake up into the world of Reality you Fake centre. Ostrich.

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Undue and unwarranted hype by opposition when everything was efficiently taken care of.
    Artificial dirty scenes were created by the opposition to malign the well organized efforts!

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    You will get the perfect data when someone dies from your home.

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  • Shameer, Riyadh

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    How many more do you expect should have died for BJP to acknowledge their failure and maintain data?

    Moreover not an iota of shame.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    This government has notoriety for losing things. They lost documents pertaining to Vijay Mallya case in SC, followed by a 'convenient' loss of certain documents of Rafale deal and now this!

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    What is - Digital India, Nationwide Aadhar, One Nation One Ration Card - all this is doing ? Are we still in an era when documents are maintained in handwritten papers and stocked in government stores ? Is the ration on those dead people continued to availed still ?

    If the data of death is not available, how can the nation know the count of population ? Many may have dead, many might be still alive despite dying. How are death of Covid-19 maintained then ? Just by numbers, or do you also have name, place, age of them ?

    What a gobernance with a difference !

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