In an order to protect the vulnerable persons from the novel coronavirus, the Indian Railways has made an appeal to the people to the passengers. In line with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Indian Railways has asked the persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above the age of 65 years to avoid the rail, except when it is essential.
In a statement, Indian Railways stated that it has been running Shramik Trains on a daily basis throughout the country to ensure that the migrants can travel back to their homes. It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions that aggravate the risk they face during the coronavirus pandemic, it added.
The Indian Railways is working 24X7 to make sure that the rail services are provided to all the citizens of the country needing to travel. However, the safety of passengers is its biggest concern, Indian Railways said in a statement. Therefore, Indian Railways has sought the cooperation of all the citizens in this matter.
Likewise, it has issued the Helpine number – 139 and 138 – so that if in any case of any distress or emergency, the people can contact the Indian Railways.
The Shramik trains were announced to provide relaxation to the migrant workers so that they can return to their homes amid coronavirus lockdown. Currently, the country is placed under the fourth phase of lockdown which is scheduled to end on May 31. However, a report has suggested that the Central Government is mulling on extending the nationwide lockdown till June 15.