The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed District Collectors to extend maximum facilities to the labourers who are passing through Madhya Pradesh to reach other states on foot. Chouhan issued directives through video conferencing to make food and shelter arrangement for the labourers reaching different districts of the state from other states and arrangement of transport for their further journey. The state government has also discussed with the officials of the concerned states as regard to facilitate comfortable journey of these labourers to their home states.
Chouhan said that while understanding with full sensitivity the problem of a large number of people traveling on foot, they should be welcomed as guests in the districts and necessary facilities should be provided to them. He told the collectors to provide relief to the labourers to make them feel comfortable and happy.Chouhan further stated that these kinds of opportunities of service come only occasional in the history of human civilisation. These helpless labourers of other states should be welcomed with open heart in the heart land of the country. labourers belonging to any state should be provided necessary facilities from a humanitarian point of view. He said that this sentiment should remain in the minds of all that we all are ‘Bharat Maa ke Lal, Bhedbhav ka Kahan Sawaal’ (we are children of Mother India, there is no question of discrimination).
Chief Minister Chouhan said that competent officer in each district should be entrusted with the responsibility of providing facilities to these labourers. Voluntary organizations, political parties should also cooperate in this work. Labourers should also be advised not to rest on railway tracks and highways or other unsafe places. Along with the discussions with the Collectors of Barwani, Sehore, Datia, Sagar, Seoni, Balaghat, Morena, Burhanpur, Anuppur, Chhatarpur Collectors, he also discussedthe matter with the Commissioners of Gwalior, Indore, Rewa and Shahdol Divisions.
The Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains informed that the system of transport of workers has been strengthened by increasing the coordination among the districts. The Additional Chief Secretary and Corona Control Room In-charge of the state ICP Keshari informed that a request has been made to the Ministry of Railways for operation of trains from various places. It was informed in the meeting that continuous dialogue and arrangements are being made with the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand for providing facilities to the labourers. The Director General of Police Vivek Johri and other officials were present at the videoconferencing.