Vijayawada, May 17 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to take care of the migrant labourers going on foot for longer distances to reach their native States. A statement here on Sunday said that the Chief Minister noted with concern the agony and pathetic situation of migrant labour getting mentally prepared to walk such long distances more than 1000 KMs to reach their native places.
The Chief Minister said that all the police check posts were provided with staff from revenue department to counsel the migrant labour to come to relief centers with a promise to send them by shramik trains. He said that 79 food counters were set up along the NH nearer to the check-posts to give them food and water. Similarly Collectors were asked to put banners on highways in oriya and Hindi explaining the arrangements done for the migrant labour going on foot.
Once they reach the relief center, instructions are given that people belonging to AP are to be sent to their native districts by APSRTC buses free of cost. Similarly the people belonging to other States will be sent through the Shramik trains duly transporting them to the embarkation points free of cost. During the last three days, around 4661 migrant labour going on foot were stopped at various check-posts and sent to 62 relief centers. Out of the 4,661 migrant labour, 485 people belong to various districts of AP. The remaining 4176 people belong to other States, including Odisha(966), Bihar(815), UP (1012), Jharkhand (576) Chhattisgarh (331) and other States. Andhra Pradesh State Chief Secretary of AP Mrs Nilam Sawhney had detailed discussion with her counterpart of Odisha and it was agreed to receive the migrant labour of Odisha at Ganjam with prior intimation.
“Yesterday night we had transported 902 migrant labour to Odisha from prakasam (470), Krishna (410) and Srikakulam (22). Today we are sending 450 persons from Guntur and all the JCs are making arrangements to send the people of Odisha to Ganjam in our APSRTC buses'', she said. “We have already arranged 31 shramik trains including 9 for Bihar, 5 for Odisha, 4 for UP, 4 for Jharkhand, 4 for Rajasthan, 3 for Maharashtra one each for Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh from Andhra Pradesh, transporting 39,000 people to different destinations as on Sunday”, she informed. Andhra Pradesh is taking steps to run 22 shramik trains during this week to transport 33000 migrant labourers. (UNI)