New Delhi: Over 2,600 Shramik Special trains have run until date and more than 35 lakh migrants have used these trains to achieve their respective locations, stated Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), right here on Saturday.
“More than 2,600 special trains have run till date and more than 35 lakh migrants have availed the benefit of these trains,” Srivastava stated whereas addressing a press convention right here.
“In an order on May 1, the inter-state movement of migrant workers was allowed by Shramik Special trains. In an order on May 19, revised SOP for the movement of migrant workers by trains was issued to further ease and speed the process,” she stated.
Srivastava stated that as quickly as COVID-19 hit India, the federal government obtained into motion to assist stranded migrant staff. “On March 27, the MHA launched an advisory to smoothen the motion of migrant staff and to supply them with shelters, meals packets, meals grains, important gadgets, she stated.
According to her, the advisory issued on March 28-29 instructed that helpline numbers and places of aid camps be extensively publicised, and DC/DM and SP had been made chargeable for the enforcement of those orders.
She stated that States had been additionally permitted to make use of funds beneath the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for offering aid shelter, meals, and many others., to migrant staff.
“The MHA Control Room expanded and States and UTs advised to set up control rooms with helplines,” she stated. “Detailed advisories shared with States and UTs on March 28-30 and asked to create helpline numbers and location of relief camps to be widely publicised,” she stated.
Srivastava additionally stated that Union Territories (UTs) and States had been suggested to examine by means of publicity the probabilities of rumour-mongering relating to the scarcity of meals and important commodities.
She stated that on April 3, over Rs 1,1092 crore monetary help has been launched for States and UTs.
She additional stated that in an order on April 19, the intra-state motion of migrant staff allowed to workplaces and in an order April 29, the inter-state motion of migrant staff allowed by buses.
The lockdown, with prescribed relaxations, has been prolonged until May 31 to include the unfold of the coronavirus within the nation. India has up to now recorded 1,25,101 COVID-19 instances out of which 69,597 are lively instances. 3,720 folks have misplaced their lives to coronavirus. (ANI)