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Bengal: Oppn events press govt to carry again stranded migrants from different states instantly

Coronavirus cases, India lockdown, Migrant workers, Dilip Ghosh, stranded migrants, Bengal news, Indian express news The BJP chief Dilip Ghosh additionally slammed the state authorities for operating solely two trains up to now for migrant staff.

The Opposition events, together with BJP and Congress, mounted stress on Trinamool Congress authorities to carry again migrants instantly. While Medinipur MP and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh deliberate to ship an inventory of migrants to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress deliberate to launch an app for his or her return.

Criticising the state authorities, Ghosh mentioned, “I had written letters to chief secretaries of 12 states in April and sent them a list of 11,790 migrant workers from Bengal stranded in those states. I had also sent that list to the West Bengal chief secretary as well. However, TMC leaders have recently challenged me to provide information on stranded migrants. Therefore, I am mailing to the state government a list of 3.29 lakh migrants who want to return to the state. Nearly 90 per cent of them are gold jewellery craftsmen. I hope that the government will take this list into account.”

The BJP chief additionally slammed the state authorities for operating solely two trains up to now for migrant staff.

“Till date, the state government ran only two trains for migrant workers. Now it has been learnt that eight more trains will run for them. The Centre had given consent for running 16 trains to West Bengal. So far, 10 requisitions have been made. Six more trains can be arranged if the state government desires it,” added Ghosh.

Meanwhile, Congress Lok Sabha chief Adhir Chowdhury and his workforce are creating an app to organize an inventory of names of migrant labourers who desires to return to the state. According to Chowdhury’s workforce, the app may also embrace names of migrant staff from different states who’re stranded in West Bengal.

“This will help us compile the names and send it to the state government. We have already received applications of more than 1.50 lakh people who want their names to be included in the list. The app will act as a database of such workers, which will contain their personal and residential details,” mentioned Chowdhury.

“The Centre is planning to resume passenger train services from May 12. We don’t have any problem with this decision. However, we feel the government should accord highest priority to the safe return of stranded labourers and pilgrims,” Chowdhury, the previous minister of state for railways, mentioned.

The Union authorities ought to be taught to set its priorities proper, he said.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Centre has not been able to come up with concrete policies… It has to act decisively rather than resorting to knee-jerk reactions,” the veteran Congress chief mentioned.

The Indian Railways had on Sunday introduced that it might regularly recommence passenger practice operations from May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains.

All passenger practice companies had been suspended forward of the imposition of the nationwide lockdown on March 25.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading fast during the first and second week of March, we had pleaded with the government to close down Parliament, but it didn’t listen. It was busy removing the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh to seize power. Once that was done, the lockdown was imposed,” Chowdhury mentioned.

Meanwhile, talking on the uncertainty looming over the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Chowdhury mentioned it’s for the federal government to resolve when and the right way to resume proceedings, whereas suggesting that the members might take the digital route.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had mentioned on Sunday that the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which usually begins within the final week of June or within the first week of July, should be held on time, amid considerations that the coronavirus pandemic could delay its begin.

“It is for the government to decide if it wants to resume Parliament. It can also explore the option of holding proceedings on a virtual platform, where representatives can accordingly place their views,” Chowdhury added.

With PTI inputs

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