Covid-19: Non-local workforce working in Kashmir defy social distancing

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By KNT on 24/03/2020.

Covid-19: Non-local workforce working in Kashmir defy social distancing

Srinagar, Mar 24: The locals from Chandrigam area of Tral town Tuesday staged a protest alleging that no action is being initiated against the house owners who have rented their houses to non-local labourers in large numbers. The protesters said that there is every possibility of Covid-19 breakout in the town as these non-local labourers are staying in dozens together at one place.

  “At one house there are 20 labourers while 30 are staying in another house. When we are laying thrust on social distancing, how that is possible if scores of labourers stay in one room. Government and police should initiate action against these landlords,” said a protester to KNT.

  Reports said that a large number of non-local labourers are staying together in rented buildings in different parts of Kashmir including Pulwama, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam and other towns.

  A couple of days back, locals in Pulwama also staged protest against the influx of non-local workforce. They said that large number of non-local labourers is staying at a rented building.

  Locals in Nihalpora area of North Kashmir’s Pattan are too staged protest alleging that a large number of non-locals are working in a ply factory. The locals said no medical test or screening of these labourers have been done. “These people came from West Bengal some five days back and nobody asked them to undergo any medical test,” they said and sought intervention of authorities. (KNT)

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