Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot asks for a special train for smooth movement of migrant workers

Ashok Gehlot raised the issue during his telephonic talk with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday and demanded smooth movement of migrant workers, including those of Rajasthan, stranded in various parts of the country.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has asked for a special train for a smooth movement of migrant workers who are stuck in different parts of the country owing to the coronavirus lockdown.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Ashok Gehlot, who has been asking the Centre to ensure the return of migrants to their homes as ‘they are desperate and many have turned mental wrecks’, said, “Since day one, I have been saying a strategy must be devised for a smooth movement of migrant workers stranded across the country, but unfortunately, there is no clarity on the same.”

He said a planned strategy with a unified command structure of communication to the states can be more fruitful instead of un-officially communicating to different states by different officers such as MHA and Cabinet secretariat to facilitate movement of students and migrant workers.

“This is not a comprehensive solution for the migrant problem we are facing,” he said, adding only a meticulously planned strategy with proper mode of commuting such as special trains to be run by Central government will solve the problem.

The chief minister was of the view that special trains should be started to facilitate workers reach their home and there should be one policy across the country instead of allowing one state to do so.

Ashok Gehlot also urged the migrants workers from Rajasthan stranded in various parts of the country to stay calm and have patience. Ashok Gehlot said he was trying to bring them back home. “We are in touch with MHA and with CMs of different states for your safe return,” he said.

Gehlot also suggested that the Centre should officially communicate with states in a planned manner on the basis of integrated command structure instead of unofficial communication by the officers of Cabinet Secretariat and Home Ministry with states.

Source: India Today


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