6000 from Assam stranded in Chennai, appeal Himanta Biswa Sarma for transportation


Guwahati:  Around 6000 migrant workers from Assam who are stranded in Chennai, Tamil Nadu have appealed to the Assam government to facilitate their return to the state.

Majority of these migrant workers have been kicked out by the owners of their rented accommodations and now these 6000 migrant workers have gathered at Assam Bhavan, Chennai.

“From last three days, we have been moving here and there and we are not getting proper food. We have kids with us whom we are able to feed somehow.  We urge the Assam Government to take steps and arrange our return to the state urgently”, said a migrant worker.

“We had come to Chennai for work but now, everything seems lost. We are staying at footpaths with no money and food left. Please take us back, I request the Assam government to take some measures for our return,” said another migrant worker.

Another one added, “The government must do something for us. Otherwise, we won’t be able to survive like this. We urge Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma to help us out from this situation. Our hopes are left on him now”.

These migrants have been working in different parts of Tamil Nadu and are now left with no food and shelter. And it’s quite difficult for the Assam Bhavan to accommodate all the workers.

Though many organizations have extended their hand to help these stranded migrants by supplying food and other essentials but it is becoming tough for them to manage everything.

According to Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaybaskar the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state has risen to 9764 with 66 deaths reported till Thursday evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 24 announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was later extended, while the third phase of the lockdown will end on Sunday (May 17).

But PM Modi has already announced for another lockdown extension with new rules and guidelines from May 18.

A total of 81,970 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India. 27,920 people have recovered/discharged/migrated and with 2,649 deaths across the country till Thursday evening.