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Indian Factories Woo Back Migrant Workers With Food, Air Tickets

  • Companies also hiring and training workers from nearby areas
  • Incentives add to costs, and push up firms’ operating expenses
Migrant workers and their families carry their luggage during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in New Delhi on May 14.

Migrant workers and their families carry their luggage during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in New Delhi on May 14.

Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

A mass exodus of workers that followed India’s harsh lockdown is forcing businesses to review their labor policies as they try to lure the people back with incentives as the economy reopens.

While some companies are promising benefits such as free travel tickets, housing and food to draw workers to urban areas, others are managing by hiring new faces from nearby locations. Some are trying a mix of both.