The Government of Maharashtra is likely to allow cost-free transportation of migrants stranded in different cities to their hometowns within the state. Anil Parab, Transport Minister, on May 6, said that a proposal for the same has been sent to Chief Minister for approval. “The state will bear the cost,” he added. Moreover, the Minister said that the department is in the process of developing a portal where people can register.
According to the sources, the discussion on the transportation of migrants were carried in the state cabinet meeting that held on May 6.
As per a senior government official, apart from West Bengal and Karnataka, the movement of migrant workers for rest of the states had started. Meanwhile, two ‘shramik trains’ have also brought back the migrants from Maharashtra in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli. Moreover, the State had issued 2.48 lakh passes to allow migrants to travel. Further, the CM has requested the institutions under Centre such as Railways, Mumbai Port Trust and others in Maharashtra to make their facilities like hospitals, institutions and buildings, available across the state. This is to make sure ICU beds and isolation facilities are available in case the number of COVID cases rises, added the official.