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To Bring Back Migrant Workers, Telangana To Run 40 Trains A Day For One Week

At the request of the Telangana government, the railways will run 40 special trains from the state to various destinations in order to help migrant labourers get back to their native places.

On Monday night, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao instructed the officials to arrange for the travel of stuck migrant labourers on behalf of the Telangana government.

The trains will run from several other stations in Hyderabad, other than Khammam, Warangal, Damaracharla, and other areas in the state. According to the official release, the trains will travel to Odhisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and several other states.

The release stated, “The chief minister spoke to South Central Railway general manager Gajanan Mallya and requested him to arrange for 40 special trains from Tuesday.”

The Issues faced by migrant workers who are stuck amid the lockdown was discussed at length by KCR at a meeting on Monday.

Last week, the Railway authorities arranged for a one-off special train from Lingampallin (outskirts of Hyderabad) to Hatia (Jharkhand) for 1,200 workers. Since then, other migrant labourers have been demanding a similar arrangement.

Senior IAS officer Sandeep Sultania and senior IPS officer Jitendra were appointed as special officers to oversee the travel of migrant labourers to their States.

The official release said, “Migrant workers who have already registered their names with the local police stations to leave for their native places, would be allowed to travel by the special trains. The details of the travel will be given at the police stations.”

The chief minister appealed to the migrant workers to not feel anxious as the Telangana government had arranged for them to travel to their native states. The concerned police officers have been instructed to inform the labourers about the details of the travel and coordinate with them.

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