Lockdown impact: 22,000 Nepali migrant workers leave for India

Monday, 28 Sep, 2.56 pm

At least 22,000 Nepalis have reportedly left for India in the last four weeks via the Nepalgunj border point for work in the neigbouring country.

Police said the workers left for India as the prolonged lockdown and Covid-19 fears had made it difficult for them to sustain their livelihood, The Himalayan Times reported.

According to SI Giri, a total of 76,048 migrant workers had returned to Nepal via the Nepalgunj border point till September 15.

Around 40,000 Indian nationals returned home during the same time via the border point.

Giri said that Nepalis holding ration cards had started going back to India.