Within days of a street accident that killed seven migrant staff travelling from Odisha’s Ganjam to fabric mills in Gujarat, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Railways Minister Piyush Goyal urging him to restart Special Shramik trains from his house state so folks can “safely return to work” and “help restart the economy”.
In his letter to Mr Goyal, the Petroleum Minister – who’s an MP from Odisha – mentioned he was making the illustration on behalf of Ganjam’s migrant staff searching for to return to the economic states of Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
“There was a mass exodus of migrant workers from states like Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra to Odisha in the wake of Covid-19 lockdown… These workers have highlighted their plights due to the unavailability of livelihood options and difficulty in travelling back to their workplace for re-joining work. Even though some employers are willing to offer bus transport service from Odisha, a long and arduous journey via road is neither feasible nor safe for such long distances due to prevailing monsoon conditions,” Mr Pradhan wrote.
He additional emphasised that there’s a must resume rail providers – which proceed to stay suspended since earlier than the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began on March 22 – for migrant staff “keeping in mind the need to re-ignite our economy”.
“I request your personal intervention for restarting of Shramik Special Trains from Odisha to states like Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra at the earliest,” the Petroleum Minister mentioned in his letter.
The request comes even because the Railways plans to begin, from September 12, 80 new trains within the reverse route of the Shramik Special trains to assist migrants return to work.
The Shramik Special trains have been began to facilitate return of migrant staff, left jobless amid the coronavirus lockdown, to their house states after lakhs of them began strolling again as a result of all public transportation providers stood suspended.
The exodus had evoked fear from consultants concerning the impact it will have on the economic system, which has recorded its sharpest nosedive on file at minus 23.9 per cent.