By Mugdha SinhaThe corona pandemic has compelled thousands of Indian immigrants to return from worst affected countries of China, Europe, the Gulf and Middle East to the safety of their homes in India, pro actively facilitated by the Central Government. Similarly, an even greater number of migrants of all economic strata, who are currently studying-working in or were visiting other States within the country and were caught by the corona lockdown are also being continuously helped by scores of inter-state call centers, online grievance redressal mechanisms manned by very senior level officials. All State Governments are catering in right earnest to the innumerable distress calls for food, shelter and medical emergencies, especially of terminally ill and pregnant ladies, stranded without support, maintaining the strictest protocols of social distancing and allied precautions. Cooked food is being provided through community kitchens and online e passes delivered directly to mobiles of callers are being sent on exigent merits of the case. This is a crisis like no other, unprecedented in its uncertainty, and consequences, with no clear time lines for a definite denouement. Regional response: Urgent versus importantWhile, the urgent has very rightly replaced the important in the short run-where India has managed… Read full this story
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