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6.52 lakh migrant staff in Punjab apply to return to residence states

Coronavirus cases, Indian lockdown, migrant workers, Punjab news, indian express news “Of the 4,09,484 group members, most are workers. Very few are moving out with families, hence the figures are mind-boggling and many persons are preferring to move on their own,” stated D S Chawla, UCPMA president. (Representational)

The variety of migrants making use of to the state authorities for permission to go away Punjab rose exponentially from 2.83 lakh on Saturday to six.52 lakh on Sunday. The state authorities’s helpline quantity for migrants who need to return to their native states continues to be open.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had lately stated almost 10 lakh migrant staff work in Punjab and if that quantity is considered, 2,42,887 of them have utilized as the primary candidates whereas one other 4,09,484 can be shifting with them as group members. Hence, roughly 6,52,371 migrant staff need to depart the state.

“Of the 4,09,484 group members, most are workers. Very few are moving out with families, hence the figures are mind-boggling and many persons are preferring to move on their own,” stated D S Chawla, president of United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA).

Around 5.10 lakh migrant staff need to return to their native states utilizing authorities transport. Majority candidates need to go to UP and Bihar — 3.43 lakh and a couple of.35 lakh respectively by 4.30 pm Sunday — thus forming 88.6 per cent of the overall individuals. Meanwhile, 10,692 and 6,157 individuals need to transfer to Jharkhand and Uttrakhand respectively.

“If this trend continues, a large part of the migrant population will move out and only about 30 per cent settled ones will stay back. We will come to know after few days as which sectors’ workers have moved out in large numbers,” stated TR Mishra, chairman of the Dyeing Association of Ludhiana.

Mohan Kumar, a part-time employee, stated, “Although I along with 15 other friends have applied as a group, we don’t know when trains will start as the numbers are in lakhs. Hence, we are planning to go on our own. We have got our cycles serviced ourselves and will wait for 2-3 days or will go by bicycle to Saingnakhera village in UP’s Unnao district.”

Deepak, one other group member, stated, “Distance is about 700 km, we will take about a week to reach. We all had come in the first week of March. Work had hardly begun when the lockdown happened. Hence we have no money to run our expenses. It was our first visit to Ludhiana in search of work. No idea, when will we be back again.”

Ashu, one other employee who has been staying in Ludhiana for greater than 7 years now, is staying put. “I am fine here, most of the persons who have moved out or are still moving are those who had new jobs or just came for seasonal work in March itself. I fear of travelling in huge rush and moreover, I feel when units are opening up, why move out? Every day, our parents cry and call us after looking at TV reports, hence some get emotional and leave. But I try to tell them that it is safe to stay rather than travel.”

Ludhiana DC Pardeep Agarwal stated, “we have prepared as database which shows that nearly 7 lakh migrant industrial workers work in Ludhiana alone, this is a rough estimate as of now, but numbers are huge and maximum applicants are also hence from Ludhiana only.”

Tents are being arrange on the entrance of Ludhiana railway station to arrange for migrants’ journey. Deepak Kumar, PRO, Northern Railways stated, “As of now, no schedule for Shramik trains has been made for Punjab. Though it is in pipeline.”

Sumeet Jarangal, State COVID-19 Control Room (SCCR) nodal officer stated, “Applicants are growing in numbers every minute. Our forms are in Hindi, English as well as Punjabi for convenience of public, nearly 60 per cent of the persons who want to go to their home state are from industrial town Ludhiana.”

Migrants must pay for tickets themselves

Migrants must pay for his or her tickets themselves and fees for a similar can be determined by the native DC and ministry of railways, confirmed Punjab authorities authorities. So far, the states the place they need to go have additionally not spoken on the difficulty of bearing ticket fees. As the railways haven’t but despatched any schedule of trains, ticket costs have additionally not been labored out as but, stated sources.

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