CM sanctions Rs 35 cr for migrants’ return - ECAS Punjab

CM sanctions Rs 35 cr for migrants’ return

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5

After persistent efforts of the state, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have agreed to allow 'shramik special trains' to enable homecoming of their natives from Punjab.

The state's efforts will give impetus to outward movement of migrant workers, as persons registering with the state government to return to their states almost touched 10 lakh on Tuesday evening. Among these, nearly 9 lakh migrants are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alone.

While Uttar Pradesh has agreed to run six trains in the first batch to ferry its natives, Punjab officials are in touch with the Bihar government to facilitate the travel as it is a large exercise, right from contacting, screening and seating the passengers. Two trains to Prayagraj and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, one train to Daltonganj (Jharkhand) and another train to Katni (Madhya Pradesh) have been scheduled for tomorrow.

Following Congress president Sonia Gandhi direction to party's state units to fund the train fare of migrants, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sanctioned Rs 35 crore to the Deputy Commissioners. At least 60 per cent of the sanctioned amount has been given to Ludhiana, 12 per cent to Jalandhar and others as per requirement.

"Each train with 1,200 passengers will cost nearly Rs 7 lakh. Running 500 trains would cost around Rs 35 crore," said officials coordinating the train trips.

Six trains to up

  • While Uttar Pradesh has agreed to run six trains in the first batch to ferry its natives, Punjab officials are in touch with the Bihar government to facilitate the travel as it is a large exercise, right from contacting, screening and seating the passengers.
  • Two trains to Prayagraj and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, one train to Daltonganj in Jharkhand and another train to Katni in Madhya Pradesh have been scheduled for Wednesday.


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