Coronavirus Lockdown: While more than 4.84 lakh migrant workers have been facilitated through 375 special trains, Punjab is going to run 9 more trains tomorrow from the different locations across the State.
The Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the state government to do everything possible to ensure no migrant worker faces any difficulty in Punjab, the nodal officer Vikas Pratap, Principal Secretary, PWD said. Adding, he said that sufficient trains would keep running on a need-based assessment carried to ensure all those who want to return are united with their families. He also said that the State Government would continue to run these trains till needed.
As many as 375 Special Shramik Trains have been run from the state from May 5 till now. The assessment has been carried out to review the massive efforts till now and to have a fair idea about trains needed in the coming days, Vikas Pratap added.
Of total 375 Special Shramik Trains, as many as 226 trains have gone to Uttar Pradesh, with another 123 taking migrants to Bihar, followed by 9 to Jharkhand, 7 to Madhya Pradesh and 3 to Chhatisgarh and 2 for West Bengal. Meanwhile, one train each has gone to Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, and Uttrakhand.
Lakhs of migrants have willingly decided to stay back in Punjab during the lockdown, imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, after arrangements of food and shelter have been provided by the state.