1.93 lakh migrants to return to Bihar today

1.93 lakh migrants to return to Bihar today

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Patna, May 27 : Over 1.93 lakh migrants stuck outside in the lockdown would return by 117 special trains today. Information and public relation department secretary Anupam Kumar, Health secretary Lokesh Kumar Singh and Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar told news persons through video conferencing yesterday that the state government was committed to bringing back the migrants interested to return and in due course 15. 41 lakh migrants have returned to Bihar by 1026 special trains since May 3.

Mr Kumar said that 1,79,850 migrants returned from various parts of the country by 109 special trains on Tuesday. He said as of now the government has decided to bring back 20,29,691 migrants to Bihar by 1347 trains. He said that 1,93,761 migrants have returned by 130 trains from Maharashtra since May 3 and added the Nodal Officer of Maharashtra has been informed to send 25 trains during the next two days. He said that from Maharashtra 17 trains would be arriving here on May 27 and eight trains on May 28. Mr Kumar said that the chief minister has directed for door to door screening of the migrants and instructed to increase the testing capacity to 10,000 per day for coronavirus infection.

Mr Kumar further said that in order to provide assistance to the poor during lockdown 10,05,000 ration cards have been made. Apart from this Rs 730 crore was released as agricultural input subsidy to compensate the crop damaged in hail storms in February, March and April this year . Of this amount Rs 402.75 crore have already been distributed among the farmers. He said that in order to provide employment opportunities to the migrants nearly 4,26,000 schemes were being run. He said that 111 relief centres were functioning for urban poor and added that 13,971 quarantine centres were set up at block level where 11, 53,800 migrants have been quarantined. Health secretary Lokesh Kumar said that 2,870 Coronavirus positive cases have so far been detected in Bihar of which 1,912 were migrants. He said that 800 positive cases have recovered so far.

Meanwhile one death was reported from Nalanda District due to covid 19 during the day taking the death toll due to coronavirus infection to 14. ADG( headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said that eight people were arrested for violating lockdown during the past 24 hours. He said that Rs 19.02 crore have been realised as fine so far from 80,577 vehicle owners found violating the lockdown. (UNI)