Ready to run Shramik Specials from any district: Goyal | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid growing concerns over rising number of migrants workers getting killed on their homeward journey, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said the railways is ready to run ‘Shramik Special’ trains from any district in the country.
For three consecutive days — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — Shramik Specials had transported more than two lakh people per day. The ministry officials said they are capable of scaling this up to three lakh passengers. Till Thursday, 14 lakh stranded migrants had taken these trains to head home.
In a series of tweets, Goyal urged district collectors to prepare lists of stranded labourers and their destinations and “apply to the railways through the state nodal officer” so that more trains can be pressed into service to transport them. ”
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has said it will bear the rail fare of migrant labourers who were returning home by special trains. In a communication to railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav on Saturday, state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha said, “Instructions may be issued to officials concerned that non costs may be claimed from those boarding these trains destined for West Bengal at station of origin.”
However, sources said as per the norm, the sending state will pay the ticket amount to the railways.
On Friday a Twitter war had broken out between rail minister and CMs of Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh after Goyal had alleged that three states and West Bengal were not giving approval for more Shramik Specials. The three CMs had rejected this and had alleged that the Centre was busy playing politics over the issue.
On Saturday, ANI tweeted a letter from Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur addressed to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, in which Thakur said despite details of 3,290 migrant workers from Jharkhand being shared, the state was yet to respond.

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