This measure should have been taken weeks ago, with preparation - wasn't there sufficient notice of the crisis in Wuhan? But our great leaders were too busy with their latest divisive scheme: CAA, which discriminates between incoming refugees on the basis of their religion. Not to mention communal violence in Delhi, stoked up by their political allies. Now what has happened gentlemen? Why not apply the same rule to refugees infected by COVID-19? Isn't Hindu Corona better than Muslim Corona? And how come your 'lockdown' has no effect on the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?
Our domesticated mass media are not reporting it, but hundreds of thousands of workers and their families are literally trekking home - on foot. And this is how some policemen are treating them. People are devastated because there are no buses or trains to take them. Who knows how many of them will reach their villages and in what condition? Doubtless Mr Modi will be hailed as a visionary leader capable of big decisions, but then men like the cobbler in the photo below never were in his line of vision were they? DS
At least 90% of India's workforce is employed in the informal sector, according to the International Labour Organization, working in roles like security guards, cleaners, rickshaw pullers, streets vendors, garbage collectors and domestic helps. Most do not have access to pensions, sick leave, paid leave or any kind of insurance. Many do not have bank accounts, relying on cash to meet their daily needs. Lots are migrant workers, which means that they are technically residents of a different state to the one where they work. Then there is the problem of the floating population: people who do not live in any state for a long period as they move around to find work.