Intra and interstate migration is not something new but in light of the COVID-19 breakout, it has become a serious issue. On the 31st of March, the number of migrants in Karnataka stood at 25,433.
By April 4th, the number of migrants identified and housed in Karnataka reached 1.2 lakhs.
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Why Is Rising Migrant Numbers A Major Challenge?
The rising number of migrants is a challenge as the government must now find shelter and food for them. Many migrants are being accommodated by their employers. 9,254 of these migrants are currently staying in 201 relief camps.
193 of these camps are being run by the government while 8 are run by NGOs.
Karnataka has 536 food camps being run by the government and 173 NGO-run food camps. These camps provide food for 3.4 lakh and 1 lakh beneficiaries respectively.
Of these camps, 330 government-run food camps and 149 NGO-run food camps are located in Bengaluru.
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Food Relief Camps In Karnataka
- Government-run: 536
- Beneficiaries: 3.4 lakhs
- NGO-run food camps: 173
- Beneficiaries: 1 lakh
Migrants In Karnataka – Population Across Districts
While the overall number of migrants in Karnataka’s relief camps may have increased, a number of districts apart from Bengaluru have reported a drop in migrants.
This is mainly due to migrants leaving Karnataka for other states. Almost 4,000 laborers left Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan after these states made arrangements for their transport.
Migrants In Bangalore
77,090 migrants have been identified in Bengaluru. Of these, 21,709 were identified in Mahadevapura, making it the area with the highest number of migrants. Yelahanka had 21,709 migrants making it the area with the second-highest density of migrants.
26,157 migrants in Bengaluru are being accommodated by their employers during the lockdown.
The remaining 55,381 are currently living in makeshift camps or rented accommodation. Camps managed by contractors house 49,258 migrants.
In addition to accommodation, these camps also provide the migrants living in them, 1 liter of milk per family on a daily basis.
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