On Monday the President of the Indian national Congress party, Sonia Gandhi said that the state units will bear the cost of railway travel of needy migrant workers and labourers stranded at their workplaces due to the lockdown ordered in order to contain the deadly Coronavirus. She also said that it would be the Congress’ humble contribution in standing shoulder to shoulder with these workers, who are the backbone of the country’s economy.
Sonia Gandhi has repeatedly asked for the provision of safe and free rail travel for migrant workers and labourers to their home-towns, but their demands had been ignored by the central government and rail ministry. She said “The Indian National Congress has, therefore, taken a decision that every Pradesh Congress Committee shall bear the cost for the rail travel of every needy worker and migrant labourer and shall take necessary steps in this regard,” Sonia Gandhi also said it will be the Congress’ humble contribution in service of the compatriots and to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with them.
Meanwhile congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Railways Ministry for charging the fare of tickets from the stranded migrant workers by twitting in Hindi that , “On the one hand, the Railways is charging ticket fares from labourers stranded in other states, while on the other hand, the Railway Ministry is donating Rs 151 crore to the PM-Cares Fund. Just resolve this puzzle.”
As the Indain railyway has issued a set of guidelines for Shramik Special trains being run to ferry the migrants stranded across the country, saying the trains will play only if they have 90 per cent occupancy and the “states should collect the ticket fare”, inviting criticism for charging for their services.
-Davinder Singh, NMTV News