- Centre states there was “no system” to collect such data in districts
- The Labour Ministry put out a note clarifying on well-being procedures
- There has been a huge reaction over action on migrant deaths
Facing opposition attacks for stating there is “no information” on migrant deaths in the coronavirus lockdown, the federal government today sought to clarify that there was “no system” to collect such data in districts.
Officials said birth and death-related data is maintained at the local level according to criteria developed over numerous years.
” No mechanism exists at the local level to collect data on the death of migrant employees in an offered district. It is immature to raise questions on the stand taken by the Labour Ministry on this issue,” sources stated.
There has actually been a huge backlash over Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar’s response to a question on migrant deaths and whether households had actually been compensated.
” No such data is kept. Question does not develop in view of the above,” the Minister informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply, provoking anger and opposition criticism of a “callous” federal government.
” The Modi federal government does not understand the number of migrant labourers died and the number of tasks were lost throughout the lockdown. If you have not counted, have the deaths not happened? It is sad that there has been no impact on the federal government. The world has actually seen their deaths. There is a Modi federal government which has no information,” tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
The other day, the federal government said in another reply that the massive migrant exodus in the lockdown was triggered by “phony news” about the period of the shutdown.
Today, the government entered into troubleshooting.
The Labour Ministry put out a note clarifying on well-being measures, including for migrant employees, during the Covid-19 crisis.
The government has taken “unprecedented steps” for labour welfare and work generation throughout India throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, said the note, noting those actions.
To another concern on migrant information in parliament, the government stated “according to the economic study 2016-17, the size of the migrant workforce can be estimated to be over 100 million in 2016 in absolute terms.”
Of these, around 1 crore returned to their home states throughout the lockdown, said the ministry.