40 special trains per day to run from Telangana to ferry migrant labourers from today

5 May, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

Indian Railways National

To help migrant labourers reach their native states amid coronavirus lockdown, Telangana government has decided to run 40 special trains per day from today on-wards for one week.

Chief Minister Of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to send the migrant labour of Telangana State to their native states. 40 special trains would be operated per day from today onwards for one-week. K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials to organise travel of migrant labourers on behalf of the state government. He said special trains would also run from Warangal, Khammam, Damaracharla and other stations in Hyderabad. These trains would run from the state to other states like Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The review meeting was held by the CM to address the problems being faced by the migrant labour in the state due to lockdown. Medical and Health Minister Sri Etela Rajender, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, DGP Sri Mahender Reddy and others attended the meeting. The discussion took place on migrant labour expressing their desire to go back to their native places. In the meeting, the CM took a decision to run special trains for the migrant workers to reach their destination.

K Chandrashekhar Rao spoke to SC Railway General manager Sri Gajanan Mallya and requested him to arrange for 40 special trains from Tuesday. The state government has also appointed senior IAS officer Sri Sandeep Sultania and senior IPS officer Sri Jitendra as Special Officers to oversea the travel of migrant workers to their native States.

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Migrant workers have already registered their names with the local police stations to leave for their native places. Those who have registered their names with the police stations would be allowed to travel by the special trains. The details of their travel plans will be given at the police stations. The CM has urged that no migrant labour should feel anxious as the government has made arrangements for their travel to their native destinations. He has also instructed the concerned police officers to inform the migrant workers about the travel details and coordinate with them.

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The state cabinet of Telangana is slated to meet today to discuss at length on the report submitted by the medical and health department. There is a possibility that the cabinet would deliberate on whether to continue the lockdown conditions, or give some relaxations and what should be done in the districts where the coronavirus spread is more among other issues and take a decision.

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