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Despite the welfare measures and the public distribution system, lives and livelihoods of millions of people, mainly migrant workers, are facing huge challenges in India.

Press releases by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare supports the statement.

Press releases by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare supports the statement.A press release by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution dated 8 April 2020 explains that NGOs and charitable organisations are providing food to thousands of poor people amid nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government has directed Food Corporation of India (FCI) to provide wheat and rice to such organizations at the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) rates without going through the e-auction process and ensuring the supply of adequate foodgrains for PDS (Public Distribution System).

A report titled 'Psychosocial Issues Among Migrants During COVID-19' by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare states that scores of migrant workers tend to move back to their native places after the restrictions imposed on routine activities to prevent the spread of the disease. It adds that many of them are stuck at borders, including state, district areas. They are facing problems related to food, shelter, healthcare and loss of wages etc.

These official releases prove that although welfare measures are introduced for the public, not all of them, especially migrant works can avail them because they face other migration-related challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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