Union Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah | Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: Based on a suggestion by Union Home Minster Amit Shah, his party, the BJP has decided to galvanise its entire cadre and provided focussed and targeted relief to migrant workers for the next two weeks.

Sources said on a visit to the BJP headquarters Thursday, Shah made the suggestion to his successor as BJP president, J.P. Nadda, who then instructed all the general secretaries and state units to organise camps on highways and beside railway tracks, to distribute chappals, soaps, food, water and masks.

The party has also instructed its workers to ensure that the maximum possible number of ambulances be stationed at highways, so that if migrant workers fall ill on their long walk home, they can be hospitalised quickly.

At the general secretaries meeting Thursday, the consensus was that migrants’ agony is really disturbing, and concern was expressed about their walk home as well as casualties on highways and railway tracks.

“It was felt that migrants’ suffering is not getting reduced despite several central government measures such as Shramik Special trains. Several states are not cooperating in running more trains, so the urgent need is to help migrants,” a general secretary told ThePrint on the condition of anonymity.

“Despite the central and state governments transferring assistance into their accounts, and the special trains, every day, some casualties are being reported. So, party president (Nadda) has instructed that for a few weeks, the whole cadre will ensure no casualties take place at railway tracks and on highways.”


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Migrants’ faith in PM Modi

BJP sources pointed out that migrants have been praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite their suffering, which shows they have great faith in him. But that faith, they said, might crack due to the negligence of a few people, and because some people want to exploit migrants’ agony.

A few states, sources alleged, were also not cooperating due to their political compulsions, so the BJP cadre has to be pitched in to supplement government efforts in handling the migrant crisis.

A second BJP general secretary told ThePrint: “For the last one and a half months, we are running community kitchens to provide food to needy migrants and the poor. Several of our state units are distributing masks and sanitisers, but the feedback we have received from the ground has been full of the agony of affected migrants.

“Right now, they want to reach their homes in any way possible, and we have to reach out to them to help. The central government has started special trains for them. But now, we are stepping up our efforts, and under our new scheme, eight crore migrants will get 5 kg grains and 1 kg dal free for two months, besides cash incentives.”


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31 COMMENTS

  1. Mere Dost drama to abhi shuru hua hai. Aagey aagey dekho kya kya hota hai is desh mein. Andher nagri chopat raja.

    Jai ho Bharat mata…

  2. I am happy the HM woke up all the
    while he was fast asleep as a HM he
    should have made the arrangement
    to transport to migrant worker back
    no such preparation was made

  3. It is very unfortunate that the homeministy has made millions of migrant workers to fend for themselves during their tryst to reach their native & felt miserable,helpless,nationless during thousands of kilometer walk…Govt.intentional neglect on this part of episode need serious thinking to avoid such misery…

  4. What cheek! what abysmal shamelessness!
    Mr johnny-come-lately now wants to again stage manage.
    Why Shahenshah-ji – remembered Bihar elections? realised that India is not yet an autocracy?
    or that even RSS is fed up with the abysmal apathy?

  5. What a cruel joke on hapless migrants !Only the gujju gang of shah and moodi can be so merciless !Ambulance service to admit dying migrants walking hundreds of miles to reach their homes !You think that they are beggars ? Make them live with honor and diginity

  6. Is this news a joke or the BJP party is playing with the emotions of the poor and the migrant worker’s that they r planning to distribute, Chappals, soaps,sanitisers and so on , on the highways. Instead providing them with proper means of transportation. These party people are really crazy. Use your brains and wake up your sleeping HEARTS have mercy on the poor migrant labours. people are dying on roads to reach their homes.

  7. We are least bother which political party rule India but we are concerned on kind of administration the rulling party is executing, regarding present Central govt , needless to say they remind irrelevant and pretended un notice all , on going anti humanity acts, lynchings, gange rapes and murders of infant females to senior females, atrocity on innocent citizens and students, riots, spread of hated virus, etc etc even police too tagged involvement in most of the said acts, which caused bitterness in decades old healthy relations over cross borders, better not say anything on developments. But , the central gov’t silence and irrelevant on the Heart touching, pathetic status ,thousands and lakhs of of our own citizens called migrant labourers, due to unscientific and abrupt knockdown in un forgettable and un forgivable, what is the use of P.M. funds? It is up to the concerned citizens to think and act, “Do we need such rulers “? Who got no concerned and pain for the safety, security and lives of helpless migrant labourers to middle class citizens of the country.

  8. Woken up very late after the migrants are destroyed of their lives and property. Very criminal act of the governments.

  9. Mr. Shah.
    You have woken up after 50 days. It is a sign of your incompetence, to safeguard the lives and property of the migrants.
    After a long time when migrants died of hunger and travel on foot, you are now making your entry.
    As a Home Minister, was it not your duty to take quick steps to protect these, the important and most productive contributors to the economy and rightful citizens class of India, on whose hard works to this country is standing high.
    You people have failed on all counts. You could not provide them their rightful life necessities, in time, when they were broken. They have travelled, hundreds and hundreds of miles to reach their homes and are on the roads. without water and food.
    Moreover, your security personnel were beating them and torturing them, even when these migrants were hungry and thirsty and broken .
    It seemed, you have no consciousness. Seems you have lost all of your compassion towards the rightful people of India.
    This is their country, as well, please do not forget.
    You people have utterly failed in duties on all counts.
    Thanks.

  10. It is like govt ok with migrants continue their journey by walk , govt will put up camps providing them food,ambulance, chappal , soaps etc, what a joke to migrants, instead of carrying them govt will help them to walk.

  11. How low can a person fall , how much inhumanity can someone do , our HM seems to have lost it in this lockdown , he can’t see the suuferings the poor migrants are going through , instead of making arrangements for free transportation , food and water for theses poor migrants , instructing railways to stop charging and collecting fares from the poor migrants , HM Mr Amit Shah has asked his party workers to stand on roads and to do what only Mr Shah knows with oil , chappals , soap etc.,
    there is a saying in Hindi ” jale pe nimak chidak na” have our politicians lost all humanity , do they only care about their votes to stay in power , do they enjoy playing dirty politics by lying , cheating , threatening , causing riots , destroying independent institutions and placing their own men at its head to do their biddings , enact new laws so that anyone who opposes them is claimed as traitor and jailed etc., it’s sad that as days pass I or we do not recognise our country more and more , and we have only ourselves to blame.

  12. We should help these migrant workers to reach their hometown who have decided to go due to delay in getting either work or livelihood in the states they were working due to lockdown.

  13. I Remind Amit Shah that he is a ruling government not an NGO who can support the government. Lack of planning and sincerity caused such issues and still now filling the gaps caused by their negligence.

    • Excellent point. Amit Shah is the HM not an NGO – very right. why he wants party workers to distribute chappals, instead of the ministry organising relief and transport on a grand scale is a mystery.
      Crocodile tears and hoping to gain some brownie points for BJP.

  14. Covid 19 is an enormous disaster and as on date more than 100 million migrants are suffering due to sheer incompetence of people who matter. Safety of citizens , rich or poor,should be utmost priority of the government. At this juncture , one wonders at the lack of foresight,and Govt’s inability in not using the services of the armed forces , whose competence is unquestionable. Hope PM knows that there is something called armed forces exists, as it seems he is repeating history just like 1962 .Nehru refused to acknowledge the existence of airforce and never used this vital force during war with China , as a result ,hundreds of soldiers were massacred by Chinese due to lack of close air support. Mr Modi it’s never too late and override advice of imbeciles bureaucrats as you are loosing lot of goodwill and faith of common man .

  15. After seeing plights of this helpless migrant ,we feel Modiji doesn’t care about people of UP , Bihar and Jharkhand and want these poor people votes only and doesn’t seem to be interested in providing support and help in this very difficult times
    People are crying with blood in their eyes and our elected govt is just looking blindly who have control on rail, buses and other mean of transportation.
    It’s a biggest mistakes done by not taking prompt actions in this difficult time.

  16. Really miserable situation we are in.such scence could not be imagined in advance . Now it is the duty of each state govt to deal with them in a better way ,help them reach their destination by buses, trains whatever is possible. These people are backbone of our industry , agriculture back home. Must respect their plight with regard.

  17. As per report, BJP asked it’s caders be with chappal,.soap, masks, food and water on highways for migrants besides abulamces. It means , BJP allow them to continue walking instead of picking them from where they are and leave them at borders of respective states.

    Not only BJP, other political parties can do that. Petrol high way, pick them where ever they find, congregate them one place. Ferry them from there to respective destinations by trains and buses with out charging single penny from these workers. This is need of the hour.

    Moreover, govt can ask the transport unions to help the migrants. In return transport union can use their buses.

    They transporters are very generous. Only Govt. has to apeal them.

  18. Whoever this reporter is,,, probably bjp backed has given a warped idea of migrants having faith in Modi,,, they not only have lost faith in him but have lost trust in the bjp for its lies and Motu you are late with chappals,,, the normal citizens are the ones who are doing this not your govt,, so please dont ask for compliments and praises

  19. Very funny .Crores of rupees is collected is available in Pmcares fund .Why don’t some of this money be used to run trains and buses to take these poor people to their homes or keep them well where they are now..? governments are not cooperating is an escapist’s attitude. Act like a responsible central government.Please wake up do needful.PLEASE……

  20. YOU ARE REPORTING FALSE NEWS. MIGRANTS WORKERS ARE CRYING,, STARVING & DYING.. THEY ARE NOT PRAISING… THEY ARE SUFFERING

  21. Bhai just arrange transport for them that’s the need of hour. Food, water , chappal or ambulance will not be required then. They are ur core voters from UP n Bihar, think about them. ..

  22. Nice to hear from amit shahji he’s so quick to take action never before in any government India has seen such quick and sincere action taken jai jai Shah shab.

  23. What a visionary pm we have, who shuts down a country of 130 crore in 4 hours of notice… That’s y we need educated leaders

  24. TRAGEDY OF POOR MIGRANT WORKERS PINING TO GO TO THIER HOMES WAS PREVENTABLE IF MODI JI HAD TAKEN STATES AND PEOPLE IN CONFIDENCE BEFORE LOCKDOWN. TRUE HE IS DOING NOW BUT THE CAT OF MISERY IS OUT OF BAG TO BITE WALKING MIGRANTS HORRENDOUSLY. INDIA SHOULD MOBLISE NOT JUST TRAINS BUT ALL TRASPORTATION VEHICLES OF ALL STATES CUTTING OUT ALL RAEDTAPE./CROSS BORDER POLICE HARASSMENT TO HELP THEM REACH HOMES. I BET ,IT COULD BE DONE IN A WEEK. I QUESTION THE SOCIAL MORALITY OF ALL BIG RELIGOUS INSTTTIONS SITTING ON MILLIONS OF MONEY( LOT DONATED BY THESE MIGRANTS FROM THEIR HARDWORK) SITTING SILENT FOR NOT COMING OUT OPENLY TO HELP .

  25. If they really want to help them feed them at the place they are in with dignity. Do not let them walk. I am sure BJP has enough resources and supporters to ensure that people in real distress get dry ration. What is RSS doing at this moment is not knows, it has tremendous reach and influence

  26. We remind Mr. Amitsha that he is in the ruling party at the center. And center is laying down rules for the lock down. Instead of transporting all these migrants safe to their homes you are planning to help them with ambulance service. Come on order all the governent transport serices to be of service to the migrants all over the country. Will it take two days to settle all of them at home. Prevent pain rathaer than help out after causing the pain.

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