Chief Minister of the state Mr. Vijay Rupani has been sensitive towards migrant labourers amidst the lockdown. In order to ensure their safety and welfare, the state government has ensured to arrange the safe return of around 11 lakhmigrant workers through 754 special Shramik trains as of22nd May, 2020.
Providing details of the same, Secretary to the CM, Mr.Ashwani Kumar said, “2317 Shramik trains have been operated as of 21st May, 2020; 00:00 hours to send 31 lakh migrant workers back to their home.Out of this, Gujarat has operated 699 Shramik trains to arrange the safe return of 10 lakh 15 thousand labourers. This includes 462 trains to U.P, 126 for Bihar, 10 for Chhattisgarh, 1 for J&K, 24 for Jharkhand, 24 for M.P, 1 for Maharashtra, 1 for Manipur, 40 for Orissa, 1 for Rajasthan, 2 for Tamil Nadu, 2 for West Bengal and 5 for Uttarakhand.
55 trains will be operated today to carry 85 thousand migrants. 21 trains will run for U.P, 29 for Bihar, 3 for Jharkhand, and 2 for Chattisgarh.
9 will be operated from Ahmedabad, 3 from Bharuch, 2 from Gandhidham, 1 from Junagadh and Gandhinagar, 3 from Rajkot, 35 from Surat and 1 from Vadodara.
All necessary safety protocols are being observed in the trains in addition to the provision of food and potable water.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat