Union labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar created a storm with his statement in parliament on Monday, saying the question of compensation on migrant deaths does not arise as no such data is maintained by the government.

The question was raised in Lok Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session. However, Gangwar’s response invited ire and criticism from the opposition.

The labour minister said that more than 1 crore migrant workers reached their home states safely, travelling from all across the country. The ministry was asked to present an exact data on migrant workers who travelled to their home states during the coronavirus lockdown.

“No such data is maintained. Question does not arise in view of the above,” Gangwar said in a written response to the parliament.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was quick to take a dig at the minister, saying the migrant deaths and loss of jobs have left “no impact on the government”.

“The Modi government does not know how many migrant labourers died and how many jobs were lost during the lockdown. If you haven’t counted, have the deaths not taken place? It is sad that there has been no impact on the government. The world has seen their deaths. There is a Modi government which has no information,” he tweeted in Hindi.