In what can be said as a good Samaritan role played by the Minister for Tribal Welfare Satyavathi Rathod wherein she could prevent a 20-member family of migrant labourers from crossing over to Maharashtra.
The incident occurred when the Minister on the tip-off rushed to the highway leading to Maharashtra border in search of migrant labours family. On spotting them walking along with their kit and kin on the road, she stopped them only to convince them not to leave their place as the lockdown is in vogue due to the spread of Coronavirus. She squatted with them on the road and spoke for more than half-hour. She assured them of all help and support with a promise to provide 2 quintals of rice, Rs 10,000 cash and work in agriculture fields besides providing them shelter at local government school.
She also ordered a medical checkup for all of them. She issued instructions to the officials to this effect.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that she had done it on humanitarian grounds and also it forms her responsibility being their representative. She reminded that more than 5000 migrant labourers mostly from neighbouring Maharashtra are there in her Mahabubad constituency. Besides, she said: “We have over 105 positive corona cases in Mahabubabad out of which 100 have already come out successfully from quarantine centres after completion of 14 days period. Another 40 people are under observation”.