Banerjee’s listing urged that three trains would begin their journey from New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Urban on May 16 and attain New Coochbehar, Howrah and Malda Town respectively the next day.
- PTI Kolkata/New Delhi
- Last Updated: May 15, 2020, 8:31 AM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal locked horns on Thursday over the return of stranded employees, with the CM asserting 105 trains to deliver them house and the BJP chief accusing the state authorities of not taking sufficient measures.
Bringing again migrant labourers and stranded individuals to Bengal has snowballed into a significant political problem, with the opposition BJP and the Union authorities rapping the state for not doing sufficient and the Trinamool Congress denying it.
“Towards our commitment to helping all our people stuck in different parts of the country and who want to return to Bengal, I am pleased to announce that we have arranged 105 additional special trains. Over the coming days, these special trains will embark from different states for various destinations across Bengal bringing our people back home,” Banerjee tweeted on Thursday morning.
In the night, Goyal mentioned the West Bengal authorities was not offering services to the migrants to return house and has allowed solely seven ‘Shramik Special’ trains.
Despite his enchantment to the state authorities to permit extra ‘Shramik Special’ trains, there was no response from it, he added.
The ruling Trinamool Congress of West Bengal hit again and accused Goyal of being absent throughout this monumental disaster.
Earlier, the federal government had given nod for 10 trains to facilitate the return of labourers, sufferers, vacationers and college students stranded in different states owing to the lockdown. Three of those 10 trains have reached the state to date.
In her tweet, Banerjee shared an inventory of 105 trains which would depart from Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Rajasthan amongst others over the following few weeks.
The listing urged that three trains would begin their journey from New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Urban on May 16 and attain New Coochbehar, Howrah and Malda Town respectively the next day.
The authorities’s initiative to ferry stranded individuals house in trains would proceed until June 14.
Later, in a sequence of tweets, Goyal mentioned, “After my statement yesterday, the West Bengal government has woken up from its deep sleep. The government has yet allowed only seven trains for migrant workers… The workers of Bengal are far from their homes, so I had appealed to allow them to run more trains.”
West Bengal wants to run 105 ‘Shramik Special’ trains every day to take stranded migrants again house, however “there is unconfirmed news that for the next 30 days they have prepared a list of just 105 trains”, he mentioned.
“It is a cruel joke with the migrant workers of West Bengal that the government there is not giving them the facility to go to their houses,” Goyal mentioned.
The railway minister mentioned, “So far, the government of West Bengal has not allowed eight trains to run, as per its announcement last week.”
“This is a petty attempt to trick West Bengal’s migrant workers, and the government is running away from its responsibility to take the poor labourers home. Uttar Pradesh cleared 400 trains in less than 15 days and brought its migrant workers home. Instead of showing this kind of alacrity, the West Bengal government is preventing the labourers from getting assistance,” he mentioned.
Goyal urged the West Bengal authorities to take into consideration the pursuits of the employees who’ve to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state ought to permit the Railways to run extra particular trains as quickly as potential to take stranded migrants house, he mentioned.
The railway minister’s assertion didn’t go down properly with the TMC, which dubbed it as “cheap politics and an attempt to score political brownie points at the time of crisis”.
“The minister has been all but absent during this monumental crisis when millions of poor migrant workers have been abandoned. They’ve been left to fend for themselves, stuck all over the country waiting for some help from government to safely return to their homes and families,” TMC Rajya Sabha social gathering chief Derek O’ Brien mentioned.
Leader of the Congress social gathering in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, nonetheless, welcomed the transfer by the state authorities and mentioned it ought to have taken the steps a number of days earlier.
Last week Union Home Minister Amit Shah had flagged the problem of non-cooperation by the West Bengal authorities in bringing again stranded labourers.
The Centre had additionally rapped the state authorities over its dealing with of the COVID disaster within the state.