Government of Telangana has run 11 trains with 12,803 stranded migrant labourers till date to 5 different States out of 2.78 lakh workers registered so far at different police stations.
The Registration of the migrant workers is continuing in full swing with people lining up for registration at many localities in the city. The states with the high number of registered migrant workers are UP with 67000, Bihar 66000, West Bengal 45000, Odisha 34000, and Jharkhand with 29000 migrant labourers.
These trains have been started in the early hours from different locations in and around Hyderabad. In addition to these 11 trains, 2 trains had gone to Jharkhand on May 1st and another to Bihar on May 5th carrying over 2472 workers.
In fact, the Government had indented for 40 trains on the orders of the Chief Minister after talking to the Chief Ministers of various states. However, the other states wanted more time for logistics arrangements for the workers. All the workers were provided with food, masks, fruits, water etc. They were picked up by buses from their respective places and dropped at railway stations.
The Senior officers from IAS and IPS including the Chief Secretary personally monitored the entire movement of the migrant workers. The CS has written letters to his counterparts in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan for accepting these migrant workers who want to go to their native places.
However, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said that trains are being arranged only after receiving the consent of the respective Chief Ministers. Hence, he appealed to those who have registered to continue with their work till they arrange transport which will be intimated to them and transported. “Only the registered workers as selected through a computerised lottery system and based on the consent of the other state, they will be sent”, he clarified adding that the state government has paid Rs.1.65 Crores to Railways so far towards fare of 13 trains.