Within days of a highway accident that killed seven migrant staff travelling from Odisha’s Ganjam to material mills in Gujarat, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Railways Minister Piyush Goyal urging him to restart Special Shramik trains from his residence 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 – stated he was making the illustration on behalf of Ganjam’s migrant staff in search of to return to the commercial 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 have to resume rail companies – 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 stated in his letter.
The request comes even because the Railways plans to start out, 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 had been began to facilitate return of migrant staff, left jobless amid the coronavirus lockdown, to their residence states after lakhs of them began strolling again as a result of all public transportation companies stood suspended.
The exodus had evoked fear from consultants concerning the impact it will have on the financial system, which has recorded its sharpest nosedive on report at minus 23.9 per cent.