Migrant labourers from Jammu urge J&K UT for early evacuation

Migrant labourers from Jammu province demanding their immediate evacuation to homes during a protest in Leh on Thursday.

LEH: Following lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 migrant labourers from Udhampur, Ramban, Pancheri and Doda of Union Territory of J&K who are stranded in different parts of Leh, UT Ladakh, today staged a protest against their respective district administrations and urged for early evacuation to their homes. The protesters also alleged that the administration of their respective districts and UT Administration of J&K are not responding to their grievances and not seriously considering their early return to their homes.

Speaking to Greater Jammu, Ajit Kumar, a migrant labourer from Ramban district said that over 100 labourers have been stranded in Leh for the past 50 days. He added that due to the recent flood in Ramban, their families are in desperate need of their physical presence and support. He said that their livelihood is dependent on agriculture activities which had already commenced in their region. “Therefore, we appeal to our MP, DC Udhampur, DC Ramban, Tehsildar Pancheri and DC Doda district for our early evacuation,” said Ajit. These migrant labourers also threatened that if their grievances were not resolved soon then they would be left with no option except commencing the journey back to their villages on foot.