Back in their villages, only hope for migrants is UPA-era MNREGA

More than any long term measures, the migrant workers seeking immediate relief after their recent nightmarish experience are pinning their hope on the MNREGA | Image - Eunice Dhivya

Tucked away in the rough terrains surrounded by small hillocks, Uparbatri, Dumdumi and Bongabari are just dots on the map of West Bengal.

Every year hundreds of youths from these villages quietly migrate to big cities in search of livelihood as the dry rain-fed fields here often do not yield enough to sustain the staple dietary needs of the villagers.

The exodus would have gone unnoticed, as it has been for years, but for the COVID-19 infused reverse migration, which has exposed the dearth of livelihood avenues in rural India.

Since Saturday, the villages suddenly shot into prominence after six youths from there died and several others were injured in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh while trying to flee hunger in Rajasthan, where they migrated a few months ago so that they could earn enough to feed themselves and their families back home.

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