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Uttar Pradesh Government Designates JPSI As Shelter For Migrants Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Thousands of migrant workers started walking towards their villages after all transport services were suspended following PM Modi announced a 21-day lockdown


Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday stated that the JPSI (Jaypee Sports International Ltd) Sports City on Yamuna Expressway will be used as a shelter home for those migrants who are fleeing to the state from New Delhi.

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Shelter for migrants

Gautam Budh Nagar District in a circular said, "JPSI Sports City, Yamuna Expressway along with their building and other resources have been designed as shelter homes with immediate effect for the medical treatment, food and lodging of people of the district or other states, who are destitute in Gautam Budh Nagar." 

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Thousands of migrant workers started walking towards their villages in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand after all transport services were suspended and PM Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in across the country. The UP government has assured 1000 buses to ferry these workers, with other states also making their arrangements.

Since Thursday evening, thousands of these workers have gathered at Anand Vihar bus station in the national capital, waiting for the transport back to their villages.

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Meanwhile, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has set up "Team-11" comprising of as many inter-departmental committees to fight the coronavirus spread and its multi-lateral fallouts on multiple fronts ranging from ensuring medicare to victims to the supply of essentials and tackle long marches of jobless workers back home.

Each of the committees will be headed by a senior bureaucrat of the state while the chief minister himself will be the head of the Team 11, an official statement said. "The CM has constituted "Team- 11" to monitor the situation arising out of the coronavirus spread as per the specific responsibilities assigned to them," Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said. 

(with input from agencies)

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