No food or money left, stranded migrant labourers struggle to survive in Hojai

No food or money left, stranded migrant labourers struggle to survive in Hojai

With no food and no money left, migrant labourers across the country are struggling to survive during the lockdown imposed to contain novel coronavirus.

In Assam, over 60 migrant labourers from Jharkhand and Chattisgarh have been stranded inside a factory in Assam’s Hojai district ever since nationwide lockdown was announced.

Holed up inside the factory at Modertoli area in Hojai district, these migrant labourers are now without food or money to buy essentials.

The migrant labourers, locked inside the factory campus, alleging that the owner of the factory hasn’t provided any food to them.

Some labourers also claim that the factory owner hasn’t even paid their salaries.

“We want to return back to our home. We have no money and are facing a food crisis,” a labourer said from inside the factory.

Another labourer pointed out how difficult it is for them to even survive.

The migrant labourers have now appealed to the government to help them get out of the crisis.

As of Wednesday, Assam has reported 38 positive cases for Covid-19. Three new positive cases were detected in the state in the last 24 hours.

While one Covid-19 patient has died, 27 others have been discharged from hospitals in Assam.