In the midst of the Corona devastation, Nepali workers facing unemployment have now fled their homeland and returned to various Indian states. A few days ago, the Union Home Ministry, at the request of the Himachal government, ordered the lifting of the ban on Nepali workers entering India from the international border. Now this rule has also been applied to Nepali workers going to other states.
During the lockdown, about 33,000 Nepali workers working in various states returned to their homes through deforestation in Champawat district. Workers in India have been under siege since the unlock. In response, the Himachal government has sent a letter to the central government demanding that Nepali workers be barred from entering India.
The Union Home Ministry soon issued a guideline for the border states of Nepal in response to Himachal’s demands. Following this guideline, the state government sent a letter to the district administration. Now every day about 70-80 Nepali workers are moving from Champawat district to different states of India. In two months, more than 65 hundred Nepali workers have been deported to various Indian states.
Only 167 workers went to Himachal from the Banbasa border
At the request of the Himachal government, the MHA directed the concerned authorities to detain Nepali workers to prevent them from entering India. Significantly, after this order, 167 Nepali workers have so far gone to Himachal by way of deforestation in Champawat district. In comparison, many more workers have left Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana, Punjab and other states. However, the distance to Himachal from Gorakhpur border in UP has been reduced.
In Nepal, the speed of the corona has slowed down
However, more than 90,000 corona positive cases are coming out every day in India. On the other hand, only 55,000 corona cases have occurred in Nepal so far. Only five to six hundred new cases are coming every day. In this context, the people of Nepal are afraid of the situation in India in the case of Corona. But nowadays unemployment has also reached the top in Nepal. As a result, Nepali workers are returning to India in search of work.
Following the Himachal government’s demand, the Union Home Ministry issued an order not to stop workers coming to India from the international border, which was later relaxed. Five to six thousand Nepali workers have left the forest.
Lokeshwar Singh, SP Champawat