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Bihar govt will take steps to help migrant workers stranded due to lockdown: Nitish

Reaching out to migrant workers from Bihar who are far away from home and severely hit by the nationwide lockdown, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday asserted that his government will make efforts to help them tide over the 21-day period. At a high-level meeting here chaired by Kumar to review the COVID-19 situation, he said his government will coordinate with other states, through the Resident Commissioner in Delhi, and bear full expenses for food and lodging of migrants who are stranded without work and pay and are struggling to return home since all modes of public transport have come to a grinding halt. There are no official estimates available of the number of such migrants, though it is believed that it might be in hundreds of thousands and scattered across the country, from adjacent states like Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal to far-off ones like Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. According to media reports, many such workers are losing their jobs in the wake of the ...

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