Coronavirus Outbreak: Stay in schools during the lockdown, state government tells workers

Updated: Mar 29, 2020, 09:54 IST | Pallavi Smart | Mumbai

The school buildings are currently empty and their doors will be opened for all those workers from different parts of the country who depended on hand-to-mouth earnings and are, therefore, facing a major survival crisis due to the lockdown.

The schools to be used as temporary shelters haven't been finalized yet
The schools to be used as temporary shelters haven't been finalized yet

In a major sigh of relief for thousands of labourers from the unorganised sector, the Maharashtra government has decided to use government school buildings to provide temporary shelter to them during the lockdown. The school buildings are currently empty and their doors will be opened for all those workers from different parts of the country who depended on hand-to-mouth earnings and are, therefore, facing a major survival crisis due to the lockdown.

The order also asked them to ensure that basic facilities are provided in these schools. "The order categorically mentions opening buildings of Zilla Parishad schools. But in the case of cities, it would be civic body-run schools. Such buildings already have facilities like bathrooms and water. Hence, they are a good option. Providing food, however, is still going to be a difficult task," explained an officer from the eduation department, on condition of anonymity.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid- day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.com

Subscribe
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK