For ride back home, kiln workers flock to Amritsar - ECAS Punjab

For ride back home, kiln workers flock to Amritsar

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 7

Despite directions to brick-kiln owners that no worker could be laid off or abandoned without intimating the administration, around 500 migrant workers engaged in brick-kilns in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Dina Nagar (Gurdaspur) gathered at the Amritsar Railway Station today.

Claiming to become jobless amid Covid-19 lockdown, they wanted to go back to their home in Chhattisgarh, yet felt helpless in the absence of any mode of transport. There was a buzz among migrants that Amritsar could be the destination from where they could get free ride to their native place. On June 3, 1,556 migrants from Chhattisgarh were sent through special train.

Amritsar DC Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon said 4,500 Chhattisgarh migrants who worked with brick-kilns of the region were repatriated through special trains arranged through the Railway authorities.

Sushila and Sonia, who worked in Dinanagar brick-kiln, said, "Someone told us that train runs from Amritsar, so we came here." Gurdaspur DC Mohammad Ishfaq said he would get it checked.



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