KCR Shows Concern Over Migrant Walking back to the Home TownMay 23, 2020 06:01 AM
Chief Minister of Telangana has clearly stated his officials that no migrant would walk back home. He does not want anyone to suffer the long arduous journey of reaching their home town. Things have been quite disturbing since lockdown and many of the labors were stranded in the city without job and money to buy food for themselves and their families. Thereby taking a grueling journey back home and facing the heat and exhaustion was the only option. There are many instances of migrants dying on the way. Many were left at the mercy of the passerby’s who gave them food and water.
KCR instructed the chief secretary Somesh Kumar to ensure that there are trains and other modes of transport for migrant workers such as vehicles and buses. He even requested the migrant workers not to walk back home. It will be the duty of the State Government to shift them to their native place.
Telangana was the first state to start the Shramik Special Train in the entire country on May 1st from Lingampalli. Almost 1,225 migrants boarded the train to Hatia in Jharkhand. So far till 20th of May approximately 1, 01,146 migrant workers have been taken the shramik special trains to their respective villages and home town. Around 74 trains have left the state of Telangana to various states in India. Trains were operated to Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab, and North East. The expenditure to the State Government is 8.5 Crores to the railways. Special passes are issued to the migrants by police so that they can travel easily without any hassles. Around 23,875 passes have been distributed by the police, and 1.24 lakhs migrants have left the city to the home town.