They are still waiting for a train to take them home
Sitakanta, who hails from Odisha, had been hoping that his employer, a
Workers from other states too had gathered near
N Rajendra Reddy, 54, told BM he had been waiting there since Friday afternoon with eight associates to catch a train to Odisha. These men are engaged with drilling and other work in Kallakurichi in Tamil Nadu. “We had applied on the Seva Sindhu app three months ago, and I kept checking with a friend, who told me I can come to
Nobody among Mekanu (36), who works at a brick kiln in Ramanagara, and his family of four can read or write and they do not own a smartphone. But Mekanu pleaded with his employer to give me some money so he could take his family, which consists of two toddlers, back to Jharbali in Balangir.
Sudharshan, a 33-year-old CNC lathe machine operator from Peenya, is smartphone savvy and had come there after checking on the app.
NGOs come with food and water when they hear that workers are suffering and the government assumes everything is addressed
–Rosemary V, Bangalore with Migrants’ Coalition
Rosemary Vishwanath, a member of
A police officer told BM that he noticed a few women and young children relieving themselves behind the bushes inside the ground, but expressed helplessness in the matter.
Rosemary and members of the All India Centre Council for Trade Unions – Karnataka and other organisations had to call up bureaucrats and politicians as the nodal officer who was in-charge of this travel had gone on leave without deputing an in-charge official, she said.
A few hours later, local leaders along with BBMP officials rushed to the spot and initiated the process of making arrangements of Shramik trains around 1 pm when the process was supposed to be started by 9 am. “A lot of them were put on the train while 800 were sent to a shelter in Nagawara for a train the next day,” Rosemary added.
She said there is no systemic response in the time of this crisis. “NGOs come to help with food and water when they hear that the workers are suffering and the government assumes everything is being addressed, while there are several who are unsure as to how to go about applying or inquiring about getting back home,” Rosemary added.