The UP government on Monday accepted the proposal of the Congress leader, Ms.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, to deploy 1,000 buses for migrant labourers. The Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Mr. Avnish Awasthi, has written to her personal secretary informing her in this regard and also sought details about the buses 'without any delay'.
In the wake of the rising number of road accidents killing of migrants trying to reach their homes, Ms. Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday wrote to the UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, seeking permission to deploy 1,000 buses to transport them safely.
In her letter, she had stated that the Congress Party will bear the cost of the buses and had slammed the government saying not enough arrangements were made for the returning migrants.
'Lakhs of workers are trying to get back to their homes walking from various parts of the country and there are not enough arrangements made for them. We wish to operate 500 buses each from Ghazipur and Noida borders,' she wrote.
She had also posted a video featuring buses queued up in a row. 'Our buses are standing at the border. Thousands of migrants and labourers are walking in the heat. Please give permission CM Yogi Adityanath ji, let us help our brothers and sisters,' She tweeted.
In a series of tweets, later she thanked the Yogi government for accepting her proposal. 'Thank you for allowing us to run 1000 buses at the expense of Congress, to help thousands of siblings on foot in UP,’ she said.