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Telangana to bear transportation costs to help migrant labourers return home

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K Chandrashekhar Rao

In a bid to relieve the migrant labourers of the hardships of the lockdown and enable them to travel back home, the Government of Telangana, unlike a few other state governments which demanded train fares from the migrants, has decided to bear all the costs. The state has paid Rs 1.65 cr to the Railways for 13 trains as of yet.

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The 13 ‘Shramik’ special trains have taken thousands of migrant labourers belonging to different states viz., Bihar, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. In fact, the State had indented for 40 trains and the Chief Minister himself got engaged to ensure that 40 trains are lined up. However, other states want more time for logistic arrangements.

The registration work of the migrant workers is carried at full pace and as of yet 2.78 lakh workers have been registered. Senior IAS and IPS officers including the Chief Secretary are personally monitoring the entire process. Despite the arrangements made by the State, only a few trains could be sent. The onus is on parent state to accept these migrant labourers. It is mandatory to have the consent of the receiving State to transport workers as per the standard operating procedure (SoP) of the Railways.

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