Will vote for employment, security, say Bihar migrants - ECAS Punjab

Will vote for employment, security, say Bihar migrants

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Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 1

When the lockdown was imposed, scores of migrant workers suffered a lot and went back to their native places in Bihar. Now that elections are being held in Bihar, the migrants who work here said they couldn't forget the pain and ordeal they suffered amid the lockdown. They said jobs and security was what they were looking for in their home state so that they don't have to go to other places to work.

Prabhu Manjhi had to buy a bicycle to go to his home in Bettiah district in Bihar from Hoshiarpur in May. He is now preparing to come back to Punjab after 15 days during the sugarcane season.

Manjhi said, "There is no work here. We have suffered a lot during the lockdown. Now we want a government who can look after us. There should be jobs in Bihar so that we don't have to move to other places as there is hardly any means to earn here."

He said now he would return to work to Hoshiarpur as he had a large family to look after.

Tuntun Kumar from Madhepura district in Bihar had come to Jalandhar in December last year and had gone back in May. Now he is back in Punjab and working at a mandi in Bathinda. "We had to shell out Rs 3,000 on bus fare while we were coming back to Punjab from Bihar. I have loans to repay, which is why I came back to Punjab. I have asked my family to vote keeping in mind the agony we suffered during the lockdown," he said.

Kirpal Singh, a farmer from Moosapur village in Jalandhar and a member of the BKU (Doaba), said his farm labourer who hails from Bihar told him that they would vote for the party that could work for their security.

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