New Delhi, Jun 9 : Indian Railways, which has transported approximately 60 lakh persons to their destination states in 4,347 Shramik Specials, being operated since May 1, has informed that it will continue to provide these trains within 24 hours of receiving the demand from the states.
The Railway Ministry, reiterating its commitment to providing comfortable and safe movement of migrants through Shramik Special trains, has requested state governments to indicate their requirements about Shramik Special trains and see that projected demand for movement of residual persons by rail mode is well chalked out and determined. The Chairman, Railway Board has written letters to the states on May 29 and June 3 on the subject and emphasised that "Indian Railways will provide the desired number of Shramik Special trains immediately within 24 hours of the request."
Today, also a letter has been sent to Chief Secretaries of the states emphasising the same. The Railways has also assured that it will provide additional Shramik Special trains for any requirement given in future also. It will also meet any additional demand that may arise over and above the projections given, at a short notice. The Supreme Court, in its order dated May 28, 2020, has also issued directions for return of willing migrant workers to their home states which the Railways is taking all necessary steps for further compliance of the order. (UNI)