Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticized the BJP government for mismanaging the lockdown and causing the deaths of so many migrant workers while returning to their native places.
“Modi government does not know how many migrant workers died or how many people lost their jobs during the lockdown,” Rahul tweeted in Hindi.
“You didn’t count so what, nobody died? Yes, but, unfortunately, there was no impact on the government. The world saw them dying but the Modi government remained clueless,” he added.
It all started after the minister of state (MoS) for labour and employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar replied to a written question on Monday saying that the government has no record of deaths of migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic. “No such data was maintained,” the minister had said in the written reply.
In a reply to another question, the minister also said that the government does not possess any records of job losses during the pandemic.
“Whether the government has provided any compensation/economic assistance to victims’ families,” a question was raised. To this, he replied, “the question does not arise”, since it had no records in the first place.
The minister presented state-wise data of the total number of migrants who had to return to their native places.
However, on the total number of migrants who had returned to their home states, the minister presented state-wise data and said, “More than 630,7,000 migrants shifted to various destinations during the Covid-19 pandemic. While 4611 Shramik Special Trains were run to ferry the migrant returnees.”
Data reveals 122 million people have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Around 75% of these were petty traders and daily-wage labourers.
Even during the lockdown, Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party vehemently criticized the Modi government for mishandling the whole coronavirus lockdown and jeopardizing the economy and the lives of the people.