By – Lucky Lairenlakpam
Moreh, March 19
Indian workers who have entered neighbouring country Myanmar are presently stuck at Myanmar side of the Indo-Myanmar border without food and wages as they are barred from entering India in the wake of the COVID -19 pandemic.
The workers from India were hired for construction of 69 Bridges and others at Myanmar which was sponsored by Government of India.
Many Indian workers who went to Myanmar to join the construction work of 69 Bridges at Myanmar from Tamu District to Kamei of Myanmar ran out as they have not been provided wages.
As the Indo-Myanmar Borders were sealed from 9th of this month due to Coronavirus Outbreak by an order of Union Home Minister these workers were not allowed to enter India. They were spending without food and money near the border.
Myanmarese who have entered Manipur before March 9 for treatment , touring etc were sent back after proper documentation at Integrated Check Post of Moreh by the Home Department of Manipur ,
Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge was also open to send them back to Myanmar.
Meanwhile the Workers who were deployed for the construction of 69 Bridges came from Kamei of Myanmar to Tamu District of Myanmar are being stranded near Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to come back to India.
As of now the Myanmar authority also gave no support to these stranded workers.
Sources of our Correspondent at Myanmar states that, the contractors for the construction of 69 Bridges have stopped providing their wages since the last few days back. Foods were also not provided to the workers. Due to this issue they tried to come back to India to go back to their homes.
However as the Government of India bar their entry to India they are left with no means but to be stranded at the border inside Myanmar side. They are waiting for the Government’s response to take them back, Presently they are sleeping at Road, and roadside suffering from hunger. Some Indian Tourist who went to Mandalay for touring were also stuck at Myanmar and all of them are waiting for the response. By hearing the information about the workers , some Indians volunteers are providing food at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.
The Myanmarese , who were sent back to their country were properly check by their Medical Team at Immigration Check Post near Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.
Indian Officials who are working at ICP as well as those soldiers who are guarding the borders remain helpless as they did not get any order for allowing those Indian inside the country.