July 15, 2020 | 11:52 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi meets migrants; appeals Centre to help them with cash transfers immediately

The Congress, on Saturday, released a 17-minute documentary of former Party Chief Rahul Gandhi interacting with a group of migrant workers. The workers were on their way back to their respective hometowns in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi from Ambala in Haryana on foot and had halted to rest near Sukhdev Vihar flyover in New Delhi.

Gandhi also tweeted the link to the documentary and captioned, “A conversation with India’s unsung heroes, our migrant brothers and sisters who have suffered tremendous hardship, violence and injustice in these past weeks.”
The clip shows Gandhi sitting on the footpath and getting first-hand information about their fears, reasons for heading towards their native places and the discrimination they have suffered through the lockdown phase.
During the conversation, the migrants told Gandhi that they had left their belongings including utensils, and are heading towards their native places. One of the migrants said, “The lockdown has been extended thrice and we are not bothered about the belongings we have left behind. They are useless if we don’t live to use them.”
The migrants also alleged that they had not received any money from the government that though they may not die of Corona, they would definitely die of starvation.
Gandhi concluded the video with an appeal to the Centre to immediately give the 13 crore needy families Rs 7,500 each through direct cash transfer. 

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