The number of relief camps operational in Dehradun district has dropped to six with 86 migrant labourers who have not gone to their respective homes yet. While talking to The Pioneer, Dehradun Chief Development Officer (CDO) Nitika Khandelwal said that earlier there were about 25 active relief camps with hundreds of migrant workers in the district. Now as most of them have gone to their respective districts, there are only 86 migrant labourers left in six relief camps, said Khandelwal. She added that these camps are now being used as shelter homes for migrants returning from other states. “If migrants reach here during the night, we make them stay in these camps for the night and then they depart for their home districts in the morning,” said the CDO.
She said that most of the migrants returning from other States have homes here, so the number of people is not increasing in the relief camps. Though, Khandelwal has stated earlier that migrants can stay in quarantine centres if they do not desire to go their homes due to safety concerns for their family members.
Since the last week, the requirement of cooked food has also reduced by over 35 per cent. Meanwhile, the donation of cooked food packets has also declined with a drop in the demand of food for those in need during the lockdown. Due to the relaxations in the lockdown, people have resumed their work and therefore the donation of food packets has also reduced, said the CDO. On Wednesday, the district administration distributed cooked food packets to 3,565 people besides distributing 1,220 dry ration kits.
Thursday, 14 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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