UPDATED: April 20, 2021 21:37 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged migrant workers to avoid returning to their home states in the middle of a pandemic and assured them that their livelihoods will not be affected.
Addressing the nation, PM Modi asked the states to ensure workers that they must stay where they are. “The assurance given by the state will help migrants believe that they will soon be vaccinated in the city where they are living and their livelihood will also not be affected,” PM Modi said in the televised address.
PM Modi stressed that the Covid-19 situation in India right now was vastly different than the year 2020 as the country has built its capacity in terms of lab testing, hospital facilities, vaccination manufacturing, as well as production of essentials such as PPE kits and masks.
The prime minister said that every person should be focused on ‘protecting the country from lockdown’.
He also urged the states to consider lockdown as the last resort in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Short lockdowns trigger a migrant exodus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement came after lockdowns imposed by several states trigged migrant exoduses across the nation. People have been spotted leaving Maharashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan en masse after the respective states announced strict restrictions or short-duration lockdowns to curb the rising cases of Covid-19.