Raipur: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has written letter to Railway Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal requesting 28 trains from various cities of the country for return of labourers of Chhattisgarh stranded in different parts of the country. Mr. Baghel welcomed Government of India’s decision to run trains for home-coming of labourers stranded in other places, and requested to run these trains free of cost on human grounds, and also urged to decide the date and timing to start these trains as soon as possible.
Chief Minister stated in the letter that the fight against COVID-19 has gone intense across the country since last few days. Chhattisgarh state is also fighting this pandemic courageously. We have succeeded to a great extent in controlling this infection. Presently, large number of labourers from Chhattisgarh is stranded in various parts of the country. Based on the information received from helpline and other sources, nearly 1.17 lakh labourers of the state are stranded in 21 states and four union territories of the country. After the transport facility is resumed, this number is expected to increase. And if we add number of people apart from labourers, such as students, tourists etc, this number already escalates significantly.
Mr. Baghel said that he welcomes Government of India’s decision to run rains for home-coming of labourers stuck in other states. In this context, I would like to bring it to your attention that our administrative system has been directed to coordinate with various states and chalk out action plan for safe home-coming of labourers and other people stranded there. Letter issued by Railway Board on May 1 states the fare decided for sleeper mail and express trains. This is not fair as the labourers and people stuck in other states are already distressed. They should be provided this facility by railways free of cost. I request you to operate sufficient number of trains for home-coming of labourers and citizens of Chhattisgarh in other states.
Mr. Baghel requested for seven trains from Jammu to Raipur-Bilaspur, 3 trains from Lucknow to Raipur-Bilaspur, 2 trains from Kanpur to Raipur-Bilaspur, one train from Chennai to Raipur-Bilaspur, one train from Bangalore to Raipur-Bilaspur, two trains from Pune to Raipur-Bilaspur, one train from Allahabad to Bilaspur, three trains from Delhi to Raipur-Bilaspur, three trains from Hyderabad-Secunderabad to Raipur-Bilaspur, one train from Vishakhapatnam to Raipur, from Surat-Ahmedabad to Raipur, one train from Kolkata to Raipur, one train from Jaipur to Raipur and one train from Patna to Durg, in his letter.