Political parties wooing Bihari migrants!
More than 82,544 people, majority of them migrant labourers, have returned to Bihar during the lockdown 3, after central government started running special trains for ferry people stuck at different places and willing to go back home. Before that, as per government records, 1.80 lakh had come after lockdown was announced for the first time.
The opposition in Bihar has been cornering the Nitish Kumar government ahead of the elections for initially not agreeing to bring back migrants to Bihar citing the central policy, even as other states worked to get their people back.
The Nitish Kumar-led government has allotted Rs 50,000 crore to the schemes under the campaign, around when elections are also scheduled to be announced for the state.
The choice of a Bihar village for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch the Garib Kalyan Rozgaar Abhiyan is seen as a political message, since employment to returned migrant workers will be a key issue in the state election.
With these, political parties hope to woo the migrant Bihari workers.
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya