Uddhav Thackeray assures that state will take care of migrants, provide food, water amid lockdown

Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 09:34 | Sherlin Rajan
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    Coronavirus cases are on the rise in India with the toll standing at over 1,024. Of these, 901 are active cases, 96 have been cured/discharged/migrated and there have been 27 deaths so far. 

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    The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has gone up to 215 with 12 more people testing positive for coronavirus, a health official said on March 29.

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    According to the state health ministry, the current count of COVID-19 patients in the state is 196- Mumbai and Thane Region 107, Pune 37, Nagpur 13, Ahmednagar 3, Ratnagiri 1, Aurangabad 1, Yavatmal 3, Miraj 25, Satara 2, Sindhudurg 1, Kolhapur 1, Jalgaon 1 and Buldhana 1.

     

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    In view of the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, several migrant labourers are left with no work and hence, they are leaving the state to return to their native places.

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    A number of migrant labourers have been marching on foot, while some tried to make their way out of various states in the country in goods trucks and tempos, but were caught during police checking.

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday assured that his government will take care of all migrant labourers and provide them basic necessities like food and water.

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    "The state will protect them and provide food, but they should not leave their place. I understand that they are anxious but they should not leave. They should avoid
    increasing the risk of infection," said Thackeray.

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    In a webcast, the chief minister announced that the 'Shiv Bhojan' scheme that offers meals at Rs 10 will be available at Rs 5 from April 1, adding that the state has already set up 163 centres across the state to provide food and water to the migrant labourers.

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    Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said, "As many as 1 lakh meals would be distributed under the Shiv bhojan scheme at the taluka level every day during this period. Moreover the number of thalis allotted to each district has been increased five fold."

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    The Maharashtra Chief Minister also cautioned people about the possibility of a rise in pneumonia cases in the coming days. "We need to take extra care of senior citizens, children and pregnant women, who are more vulnerable to coronavirus," the chief minister said.

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    Thackeray said those who have returned from abroad should quarantine themselves and if they feel unwell, they should also approach the local physician.

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    "We have almost completed eight days of the lockdown, need to complete the remaining days. If we manage to do so, it will be an achievement, he said.

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    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said he had sanctioned Rs 1 crore from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund to hospitals in Pune to buy equipment to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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    The Union government has set up a public charitable trust under the name PM CARES Fund in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Modi is the chairman of the trust and its members include defence minister, home minister and finance minister.

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    The Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force as well as employees of the Defence Ministry have decided to donate one day's salary totalling around Rs 500 crore.

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    The Railways, the country's largest public sector employer, will donate Rs 151 crore to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.

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About The Gallery

On Day 5 of the Coronavirus lockdown, 22 new cases were reported in Maharashtra, bringing the number of cases to 203. According to the state health department, out of these 22 cases, 10 are from Mumbai, five from Pune, three from Nagpur, two from Ahmednagar and one each from Sangli, Buldhana and Jalgaon. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray assured that his government will take care of all migrant labourers and provide them basic necessities like food and water.

(Photos by Bipin Kokate, Pradeep Dhivar, Shadab Khan, Sayyed Sameer Abedi/mid-day photographers)