New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) At least 800 stranded migrant workers were sent to Bihar by the construction giant Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), Rahul Singh, District Magistrate (South-West Delhi), said on Tuesday.
In a statement, Singh said at least 2,200 workers were found at an L&T construction site in Dwarka sector 25 by the SDM Dwarka.
"About 2,200 stranded and distressed labourers were found at L&T construction site in Dwarka by the SDM Dwarka. Initially it was said that they want to start the construction, however, the workers demanded that they want their two months' payment and journey back home," Singh told the media.
He said the district administration ensured the workers are paid the dues and their journey back home in a train, arranged by the state government and for which the company made the payment.
"We ensured that the workers do not have to pay anything and the cost should be taken care of by the organisation. The medical screening was done and about 800 of them were sent home today to Bihar in the first phase without any charges."
Singh said while the medical screening of all the migrants was done on Tuesday, a list is being prepared for their home state.
"Out of the 2,200 some are from Uttar Pradesh and some from other states. Their journey will also be arranged in the coming days."
Thousands of migrants were stuck in the national capital and other parts of the country due to sudden announcement of the lockdown, which is now extended till May 17.
From last week, the Central government has allowed for the movement of the migrants in special trains.