During the parliament meet, the Home Ministry was responding to a written question that was posed by Trinamool Congress MP Mala Roy who asked about what measures were taken to protect migrant labourers before the lockdown was announced on 25th March.
While replying to the question Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said:
The migration of large number of migrant workers was triggered by panic created by fake news regarding duration of lockdown, and people, especially migrant labourers, were worried about adequate supply of basic necessities like food, drinking water, health services and shelter.
And, over ₹11,092 crores was released by the centre in advance from the state disaster funds to states on 3rd April.
This comes after the government shocked the entire nation by saying there was no data on migrant deaths, therefore there was "no question of" compensation.
Twitter also called out the government for not taking responsibility of the migrant crisis that was caused due to the lockdown.
Insulting and sidelining the suffering of the millions of Indian migrant labor is probably the most heartless and despicable thing this govt has done! And considering what all they’ve done, that’s quite a tall order. https://t.co/2ubakDOJkh— Parth Aggarwal (@parthagg) September 16, 2020
Wow!! Nothing else to say!! https://t.co/5LO9YGKOhO— TheDecentOne (@TheDeeCentOne) September 15, 2020
When you present so many versions of the story, it gets blurred. This version makes it sound like nothing happened.— Pankaj Chaddah (@pankajchaddah) September 16, 2020
Fake News Caused Migrant Exodus: Government's 2nd Shocker In Parliament https://t.co/xNXyZYBsZX via @ndtv pic.twitter.com/EyYu0pbry3
The fake nationalists sitting in power have zero morals or values. Don't expect them to accept their grave blunders. They're the same people who are lying to the country that there's no issue at the border.— Dilip Shyam (@DilipShyam) September 16, 2020
With no money, food or shelter, migrant workers had no other choice but to walk several kilometres on foot. Many also lost their lives on their way back home and yet, there is no acknowledgment of the same from the government's end.