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Far from home, migrant workers in Agra look for food, shelter and the road ahead

With the government imposing strict restrictions on crossing borders, most migrant workers are now stuck in between, with no food or shelter.

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Agra: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a 21-day national lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers.

As thousands tried to reach their homes on foot, daily wage labourers, children and pregnant women among them, camped at Pratap Chowk in Agra in hope of food, travel and accommodation arrangements. They keep travelling through the night and even sleep on the roads when they get tired.

With the government imposing strict restrictions on crossing borders, most migrants are now stuck in between, with no food or shelter.

ThePrint’s Praveen Jain brings pictures from Agra.

A migrant laborer sits with his family | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A migrant labourer sits with his family | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Shadow of a family, walking on the highway of Agra- Lucknow coming from Delhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A family coming from Delhi, walking on the Agra- Lucknow highway | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Three pregnant women sitting during the night waiting for conveyance | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Three pregnant women sitting during the night waiting for conveyance to reach home | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People resting | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People resting on the footpath | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers coming from different parts of the country | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers travelling from different parts of the country on their way home | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman sleeping with her child on the road | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman sleeping with her child on the road | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A kid with her father | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A kid with her father | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers trying to board a vehicle | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers trying to board a vehicle | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Labourers walking on Agra-Lucknow highway | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Labourers walking on the Agra-Lucknow highway | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Families walking to their homes | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Families walking to their homes | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Carrying their language the families walk on highways | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Families walk on the Agra-Lucknow highway while carrying their language  | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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1 COMMENT

  1. Tragic. If state capacity existed, these people should have been given food and some monetary assistance where they lived. Not in some half way land. Allowing them to return swiftly to their villages is still the best option. 2. Karma is a bitch. One state was locked down. Detention centres were being built.

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