In this pandemic, a laudatory step has been taken in the favour of the migrant labourers of Bihar on Friday, May 1st on account of the International Worker day. A special train named “SHRAMIK SPECIAL” carrying 1,187 migrant labourers was cast away from Rajasthan’s Jaipur on Saturday afternoon and after covering 16-hour long journey they reached Danapur railway station, Patna, Bihar on Saturday.
The special train left Jaipur at 10 pm on Friday and reached the Danapur railway station around 2 pm (Saturday), said Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), East Central Railway, Hajipur, Rajesh Kumar.
The train ran point-to-point non-stop, he said. A medical checkup was organized for the passengers at the Danapur railway station by 20 medical teams.
“After the medical examination, they will be served food and sent to their respective districts by buses,” said Patna Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Agarwal.
Around 100 buses were arranged at Danapur railway station to send these migrants labourers to their respective home districts.
All the necessary precautions were taken by the government. The seating arrangement in these buses was made according to the social distancing norms. The buses carried half the number of passengers seating capacity. These passengers will be quarantined for 21 days at their respective block-level quarantine centres, Agarwal said while making it clear that the train carried only migrant labourers who were working in Rajasthan.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had recently estimated the count of migrants from Bihar held up during the lockdown in different parts of the country to be around 27 lakh.
Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi, Senior Superintendent of Police Upendra Sharma and a host of other senior district administration officials were present at the Danapur railway station, on the outskirts of the state capital, to keep a close watch on the operation.
This is the first run of a special train to Bihar after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allowed the states to ferry migrants back home in buses.
Many states, including Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Telangana, had requested for special trains to ferry migrant workers back home.
Considering the requests, the Centre on Labour Day (May 1) decided to run “Shramik Special” trains to different destinations.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had thanked the Centre for running special trains for transporting people stranded in different states due to the lockdown to their homes.
All the migrant labourers seem relaxed and rejuvenated when they reached their home town. It is a great step for these migrants.
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