Heartwrenching condition of the migrant workers is not a present time subject. Their harsh, isolated lifestyle is going on from a very long time. Whether it be economic dearth, poverty or exploitation they are always on the top who suffer badly.
Although being on the forefront in terms of overall development of our country there is nothing wrong in calling them "Backbone of modern India."Being scattered in every part of the country they are truly the pillars of development because of them we are living comfortably, if we look around us, every building, house, roads etc are incredibly build up by their elbow grease! Without them no masterpiece can ever be created, they uplift humanity without them nothing can prosper.
They are one of the strongest support of a country's economy but inspite of giving them good treatment they are being treated poorly and are left with no option then to return to their places in strained circumstances. They even sold their valuables on their way to home and went back home carrying misery and sorrow abandoned by not only their employers but also by the government.
All "Yojanas" and reliefs seem to be worthless in front of such unpleasant condition the workers faced during the lockdown. Their condition raised a lot of questions? That these people who sweat their blood to serve this country then why no one actually felt their pain? Why they are left unattended on the roads? Why they were left in a state of poverty? When they actually did a lot for the upliftment of humanity? Did law need to be revaluated or changed? Why no one took their name and thought about them while addressing the nation during lockdown?
Meanwhile, the political parties were busy playing blame games for prevailing conditions of the workers, no one actually felt the pain behind their plodding journey. No one realized that if our country is moving forward towards development it is because of them only. It is through their efforts and hardwork that our country is moving on to progress, but looking at the injustice and inequality they tolerated revealed abatement of strong and fine policies for betterment of these people.
While "Vande Bharat" mission was airlifting Indians from far off places on the other hand such missions to airlift these workers were apparently never kept in priority list and many of them had to repay their lives for the ceaseless journey. Picture of Rampukar Pandit and many other workers revealed pain of long tedious journey and their tears manifested stories of agony.
Many of them faced brutality of police forces on their way back to home and their exploitation showed failure of management and government policies in safeguarding them.
Since from the first phase of lockdown till date they were seen pleading before authorities to send them back and without any hope, one by one they walked steadily to cover miles of distances. Their condition showed signs of helplessness while many of them also complained about scarcity of food and money during their aching journey. They were also seen looting eatables to feed themselves and their families, all this showed desperation of workers and the signs of poverty. As someone well said that, "Poverty is the biggest sin and hunger is it's biggest punishment."
Thousands of workers must have heaved sign of relief, when finally Shramik trains headed many of them to their homes but their miseries seemed to be never ending as some state government cancelled trains and withdrew requisition for trains. They protested against the hygiene, food and water scarcity during the travel. Many of them have vowed never to return to cities after facing harships and mistreatment and if this ever happens nothing will thrive.
Finest strategy for their dignity is need of the hour and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence, as progress begins with the amelioration of the human conditions. At the end want to address the nation with this quotation of mine, "Jin insano ne apna khoon lagaya is desh ko sajane mein, unhe har baar rote dekha, gareebi ka bojh dhote dekha.Kab tak roega woh, kab tak yeh gareebi,lachari ka shikaar hoega woh.Puch nahi pata wo Sarkaro ko, aakhir kar kab tak lachari ka bojh sehna padega unko aur unke parivaaro ko?