New Delhi, May 11: The Centre on Monday advised all states and Union Territories (UTs) to ensure that distressed migrant workers do not end up walking home and sought their co-operate in running more ‘Shramik Special trains carrying the stranded labourers amid nationwide lockdown.
In a letter to all Chief Secretaries of states and UTs in these regards, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that the unfortunate incident in Maharashtra where 16 migrants in a group of 20 were run over by a goods train last week while they were sleeping on rail tracks. He also mentioned about an accident that took place in Madhya Pradesh in which five migrant labourers were reported to have been killed and 15 were injured when a truck they were travelling in overturned. They were coming from Hyderabad. Mr Bhalla also referred to the meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday.
“In the meeting, the situation of migrant workers walking on roads and railway tracks was noted with great concern,” he said in the letter. “Since their movement by buses and ‘Shramik' special trains has already been allowed to enable their travel to native places, all State/UT governments should ensure that migrant workers do not resort to walking on road and on railway tracks,” the letter read.
“In case they are found in such condition, they should be appropriately counseled, taken to nearby shelters and provided with food, water etc till such time they are facilitated to board the Shramik Special trains or buses to their native places,” the Home Secretary said, while urging that the states should allow receiving of all ‘Shramik Special’ trains “without any hindrance and facilitate faster movement of stranded migrant workers” to their native places (UNI)