Agartala, May 7 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today announced to bear the expenses for bringing back the stranded people of the state from outside due to lockdown. The central government had earlier agreed to allow point to point train service for the evacuation of migrant labourers, patients and tourists stranded outside on a payment basis.
Accordingly, the Tripura government had also urged the people to take the benefit of paying the ticket cost, which earned criticism from different quarters. Finally, the Chief Minister after holding a meeting with the officials last night has decided to bear the ticket cost to bring back the state’s citizens. Around 7,000 people have been found stranded in different parts of the country and most of them are in South Indian states and West Bengal. The Chief Minister said, “As of now, the state government has decided to bring back the people from Chennai and Bangalore and an amount of Rs 16 lakh was earmarked for ticket cost of the train from Chennai and Rs 14.50 lakh for Bangalore. In phase wise, the government would facilitate the return of the people of the state but it might not be possible to start trains from all destinations of the country.”
He also stated that the payment would be made from CM’s relief fund, which has swelled up due to generous contribution of the people of Tripura. Besides, the Chief Minister mentioned that 50,000 poor APL families, who got free ration, would now receive one-time assistance of Rs 1,000 each to manage the hardship due to lockdown. The state government would provide Rs 10 lakh in case of death of any frontline worker due to Covid-19 that includes doctors, nurses, health workers, Paramedics, Police personnel, Journalists, sweeping staff, ICP staff, and ASHA workers besides, government employees and citizens. The ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh, earlier declared by the state government, would be given from state disaster management fund and remaining Rs 6 lakh to be given from Chief Minister's Relief Fund. In another important move, the state government has made arrangements for train bookings to send back 33,000 migrant workers to their respective states and Rs 2.50 Cr would be incurred from CM’s relief fund. (UNI)