Thousands of poor U’khandis stranded in Delhi, other areas
CM announces a sum of Rs 50 lakh to them back to their homes
The 21 day total lock down enforced by the government to break the infection cycle of COVID-19 has stranded thousands of residents of Uttarakhand doing lowly paid temporary jobs in National Capital Region (NCR) of India. The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat announced on Friday that a sum of Rs 50 Lakh has been set aside to provide necessary help to the people of Uttarakhand stranded in Delhi. However in absence of any communication and system set in place large number of people who need help may not get benefitted by this measure of Uttarakhand government.
As an uncertain future looms over them due to loss of jobs many poor have started trekking back to the home state.
Jitendra Singh Negi, a resident of Kotdwar town of Pauri, a contractual worker in Delhi told The Pioneer that with no trains and buses, he like hundreds of other Uttarakhandis has stranded in Delhi. “I want to go home as no one knows how long it is going to take. I have talked on the helpline number provided by the government and sought their help in reaching to my home town. They said that the borders are sealed and would inform me when some arrangement is made. I am planning to walk all the way to Kotdwar if no arrangement is made soon,’’ he said.
Meanwhile the CM of Uttarakhand has said that his government has released a sum of Rs 50 lakh for making arrangements for food and transportation of people of the state stranded in Delhi.
Brought back 109 stranded residents to homes: BJP
The chief spokesperson of Uttarakhand unit of BJP, Munna Singh Chauhan has said that 109 people of Uttarakhand stranded in Delhi due to lock down were sent to their homes on the initiative of the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. He said the CM took immediate cognizance of the issue and made arrangements of stay of 109 people at Uttarakhand house in Delhi where all of them were medically examined. Chauhan added that these 109 people were sent by buses of roadways to Rishikesh, Champawat and Tanakpur.
Saturday, 28 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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