Ready to run 300 'Shramik trains' everyday: Piyush Goyal urges states to allow special trains to ferry migrants
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after Home Minister Amit Shah wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday appealed to all states to permit the operation of migrant special trains so that the stranded can reach home in the next three to four days.
In a tweet, Goyal said that as per the directions given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Railways is fully geared up to run 300 'Shramik Special' trains everyday at short notice since the last six days.
"I appeal to all the States to give permission to evacuate and bring back their stranded migrants so that we can get all of them back to their homes in the next 3-4 days itself," he tweeted.
I appeal to all the States to give permission to evacuate and bring back their stranded migrants so that we can get all of them back to their homes in the next 3-4 days itself.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 10, 2020
This comes a day after Amit Shah asked the West Bengal government to allow trains with migrants to reach the state, saying it may create "hardship for the labourers". Shah had further said that said that the Centre is not getting the 'extended support' from West Bengal and called it "injustice" to the migrant workers.
Soon after Shah's letter, the West Bengal government claimed that it had given clearance to eight trains to be run carrying its migrant home. Four of these trains, it said, were to depart on Saturday, which did not.
The central government has started special 'Shramik trains' to ferry the migrant workers, who are left stranded, to reach to their native villages. As per a senior Railways official, the national transporter has a capacity to run around 300 trains per day ferrying around 20 lakh migrants in a maximum of five days.
The Railways, however, has said that clearances from states are not forthcoming, especially from states like West Bengal and Rajasthan, which till now have accepted the least number of such trains despite being a significant source of migrant population.
As on May 10, a total of 366 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalised across the country, of which 287 had reached their destinations and 79 trains are in transit.
These 287 trains were terminated in various states like Andhra Pradesh (1 train), Bihar (87), Himachal Pradesh (1), Jharkhand (16), Madhya Pradesh (24), Maharashtra (3), Odisha (20), Rajasthan (4), Telangana (2), Uttar Pradesh (127), West Bengal (2).
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma