On Friday, the federal government of India operated 5 trains from Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, and Rajasthan to move greater than 7,00zero individuals, together with stranded labourers, pilgrims, vacationers, and college students. (PTI photograph)
As quickly because the coronavirus pandemic struck, India took no time to rescue its residents from Covid-19 hotspots all over the world, working particular flights to convey again these stranded in overseas nations.
However it took the federal government greater than a month to rearrange particular trains and bus providers to ferry stranded migrant labourers again to their houses.
When the lockdown was introduced on March 25, hundreds of migrant employees and each day wage earners have been seen strolling and biking for a whole bunch of kilometres to return to their villages, with entry to no meals or cash. Many misplaced their lives throughout the daunting journeys. And the migrant exodus in India nonetheless continues.
After the primary 40 days of the lockdown was over, on Could Day, the federal government lastly determined to start out working “Shramik Particular” trains to maneuver the migrant employees to their house states.
On Friday, the federal government of India operated 5 trains from Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, and Rajasthan to move greater than 7,00zero individuals, together with stranded labourers, pilgrims, vacationers, and college students.
The Ministry of Dwelling Affairs (MHA) on Friday got here up with a notification on this. Hours earlier than the notification, the primary practice carrying 1,200 migrants to Hatia in Jharkhand began from Lingampalli in Telangana at 5 am.
Nonetheless, it got here at a worth.
As the federal government lastly introduced tips for the transport of stranded labourers, there have been a number of stories about migrants employees being charged for practice and bus fares, whereas some meals is being organized by the native administrations.
Whereas the Kerala authorities requested the poor labourers to pay the bottom fare of Rs 875 for being ferried to Jharkhand, particular trains that left Maharashtra for various states additionally charged migrant employees the essential fare.
A migrant employee from Telangana who reached his native village in Jharkhand yesterday advised India Immediately TV, “Appears to be like like some sort of a joke has occurred with us. We needed to return again to our villages as a result of we’ve got no revenue or cash to make ends meet and now lastly the federal government has considered us, it’s charging cash from us. If we had cash, what was the necessity for us to return?”
One other migrant employee from Nasik stated, “This authorities can shell out crores to convey again wealthy Indians who have been stranded in overseas nations however they don’t have cash to ship the poorest and probably the most hardworking lot of their nation to their houses. For that additionally, we’ve got to pay. The place will we get the cash from?”
Further Chief Secretary (MHA) Vishwas Mehta stated all preparations are being made by the Centre however no tickets are being supplied at no cost. “The tickets are being given to us by the Railways. They need to pay the essential fare for it. Meals and water shall be organized by us,” he stated.
In the meantime, the Railways that has introduced the operation of “Shramik Particular” trains for migrant employees and different stranded residents and that it will likely be charging state governments for the providers.
The fare would come with the price of a sleeper class ticket, superfast cost of Rs 30, and Rs 20 for meals and water per passenger.
Many individuals have already expressed their disappointment over the matter, together with Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, who stated the central authorities ought to rethink this resolution as it’s an injustice to labour returning house.
On Sunday, Samajwadi Occasion chief Akhilesh Yadav additionally hit out on the central and state governments for charging cash to convey again poor migrant employees in particular trains.