Chief Minister of the state 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 7 lakh migrant workers in the last 15 days.
Providing details of the same, Secretary to the CM, Ashwani Kumar said, “The state government has operated 447 labour trains to ensure the safe return of 6 lakh 26 thousand migrant workers as of 16th May, 2020, 00:00 hours. 315 trains have been operated for U.P, 46 for Bihar, 38 for Orissa, 23 for M.P, 12 for Jharkhand, 6 for Chhattisgarh, 4 for Uttarakhand and 1 each for Rajasthan and Manipur.
29 trains will be operated to send 46,000 workers to U.P, Bihar, Orissa, M.P, Chattisgarh and other states. Out of this, 19 will be for UP, 5 for Bihar, 2 for Jharkhand, 1 each for Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Orissa.
A total of 6.72 lakh migrant workers have been sent through Shramik trains from Gujarat. All necessary safety protocols are being observed in the Shramik trains in addition to the provision of food and potable water for the labourers.