Bilpur, Uttar Pradesh: Among the hundreds of migrants who walked, cycled and/or managed to board state government buses back to their villages, some of them have returned to work on fields.
ThePrint, which has been travelling to states to track the developing Covid-19 story, came across some of them labouring on farms in Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the migrants were from UP and Bihar.
The farm work has been commissioned under a MGNREGA scheme by the village and block administration to ensure the workers can at least manage their daily meals at a time the country’s, and even the world’s, economies have stalled.
ThePrint met these workers at Bilpur village, located at the border of Shahjahanpur and Bareilly districts, who spoke about their experience during the lockdown.
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