Bollywood concerned about plight of migrant labourers


Bollywood celebrities continue to express concern about the trying conditions of migrant workers stranded in different amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Shraddha Kapoor urged: “A request to whoever comes across the migrants who have been allowed to walk home on humanitarian grounds in Maharashtra, please give them food and water along the way.”

Criticizing Indian Railways’ decision to avail online booking for select train services that have started, Pooja Bhatt posted a sarcastic message. “So migrant workers log onto their smartphones and book tickets online? Great move #IndianRailways,” she tweeted.

Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal wrote: “This migrant issue is getting out of hand. it’s been so long they are all helter-skelter – people are just walking on the highway everywhere. Few trains, most of them don’t have money and now online booking. Crazy.”

Shekhar Kapur tweeted: “Which one of us did not know that the Indian economy is built on migrant workers? That household help was migrant workers? That 5000 kids every day die of malnutrition in India? And all this since Independence? Or is it just convenient ignorance?”

The decision by state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat to suspend labor laws, in a bid to restart economic activity, was also criticized by many.

“Not only migrants workers are left to fend for themselves, now the govt is disempowering them of their rights to minimum wage / safety / living conditions. The govt cares only for the Rich,” wrote filmmaker Onir.

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who has organized buses to transport stranded migrant laborers, tweeted: “Time to help the migrants.”