2,818 Shramik Special trains have ferried around 37 lakh migrants since May 1: Railways
Sunday, 24 May 2020 The Railways has ferried around 37 lakh migrant workers on board 2,818 'Shramik Special' trains since May 1, according to official data.While 565 trains are currently in transit, 2,253 have arrived at their destinations, the railways said.The 'Shramik Special' trains are being operated primarily on the requests of the states, which want to send migrant workers to their native places.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on May 17 slammed Centre over plight of migrant workers. He said, "If Railways had run trains from all states end to end, migrants wouldn't have been forced to walk." "As per the arrangements that have been made, trains can run only after the agreement between 2 states, this is causing the delays," he said. "It took 3 days to get permission from Karnataka, similarly UP is causing delays. We sought permission from J-K on May 11 and still haven't received it. If Railways had run trains from all states end to end, migrants wouldn't have been forced to walk," he added. Giving details of arrangements made by his state, CM Baghel said that around 75,000 labourers who were stranded in other states have been brought back, of which 16,000 were brought by trains and rest by road.
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