TDN World Desk: As per a survey report published by Stranded Workers Action network(SWAN), a volunteer group, more than 85% migrant workers had to pay for their travel to way back home during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The automated phone survey of 1,963 migrants found that 33% had somehow managed to return their home states while 67% were unable to come bak and stayed behind.More than 85% of the migrants who left for home, had to pay for the travel cost from their own money.
As reported by TOI, the volunteer group SWAN released a report over the migrant issue after conducting a survey in the last week of May and first week of June.
The report titled “To Leave or Not To Leave” said that of those who managed to leave, had paid more than 1,500 rupees for their journey home.
The survey report of SWAN said that 80% of the migrants who were surveyed by them had no access to government rations and food distress remained high. The SWAN group has included 5,911 migrants labourer in the case study who reached out through 821 distress calls between May 15 and June 1.Around 63% caller had less than Rs 100 left with them.
According to the survey 44% of those left for home had taken buses and 39% managed to get Shramik Special train. Near about 11% migrants had taken truck, lorries and other ready mode of trasport.Around 6% migrant workers made the journey on foot.