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COVID-19: Maharashtra allows over 1,00,000 migrant sugarcane workers to return home

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State Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde said that the government has decided to allow over 1 lakh migrant sugarcane works to return to their native village after the medical test for the corona outbreak.

The statement from the minister’s office said that 1.31 lakh sugarcane worker is temporarily living in shelters provided in the premises of 38 sugarcane factories throughout the state, whereas others are stuck somewhere else.

The lockdown till May 3 hit the migrants hard, resulting in outraging anger of the workers as they were stuck in these factories.

“Good news for my sugarcane worker brothers! You can return to your home (villages) now. The government has issued an order in this regard. Return to home staying within the rules laid down by the government. Take care of your health as well as your villages. Stay inside homes when you return there,” State Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde tweeted.

The state has ordered the factories to get their workers and kins to get tested and certified, and inform authorities including village panchayath and then obtain permission for their safe return. The factory should also provide food and drinking water facilities during their stay.

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