In a bid to provide relief to the stranded workers, Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister, Maharashtra urged Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister to run special train services from Mumbai and Pune to ferry stranded workers stuck in Maharashtra to their native states after the lockdown ends on May 3.
Pawar in the letter, as per an official statement, stated that once the lockdown is lifted and the railway services resume, the stranded workers from different states will come out in big numbers to return to their native states. This can lead to law and order problem and in order to avoid such a situation, the Railway Ministry should step in and run special trains, he said.
Moreover, Pawar also mentioned the incident of migrant workers rushing out in huge numbers when the lockdown was about to end. The incident was evident enough to know how desperate are the migrant workers to return back to their native land, he added.
As per Pawar, as many as six-and-half lakh workers are currently staying in the shelters provided by the Maharashtra Government across the state.