Of all of the states which have numerous migrant employees stranded in Pune, solely Madhya Pradesh has supplied to pay the employees’ fare if a particular prepare is organized to facilitate their return, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar mentioned on Tuesday.
Passengers from all different states must both pay their very own fare, or political events and NGOs, which have expressed willingness to pay, can contribute in direction of the invoice if a prepare is organized for his or her transport, he mentioned.
By Tuesday night, as many as 28,000 migrant employees have registered with numerous police stations in Pune City to acquire the inter-state transit move wanted to journey out of the state.
“State governments have taken different stances. Some are saying they will accept the migrants back only after we conduct COVID-19 tests. There is one state (Madhya Pradesh) which is willing to pay the fare and has requested us to send the migrants. There are other states which say that migrant travellers should pay the fare. We have also received requests from political parties and NGOs that are willing to contribute towards the fare,” mentioned Mhaisekar.
He mentioned the administration has held conferences with railway authorities, who’ve reiterated that solely an ‘origin to destination’ prepare might be operated, which can have no stops between the 2 stations. Each prepare can have a minimal passenger power of 1,080 and a most of 1,200.
The trains won’t run from Pune railway station however from different stations near town equivalent to Daund and Manjari, mentioned District Collector Naval Kishore Ram. He additionally clarified that the medical certificates that must be hooked up with the applying type of migrants who need to go away the state doesn’t have to be from a authorities hospital. “The Union government order clearly says that it can be from a registered medical practitioner, which can be an MBBS or BAMS or any other registered physician,” he mentioned.
“I spoke to the IMA (Indian Medical Association) office-bearers and have requested them to ensure that the migrant workers are not overcharged for obtaining the fitness certificates,” mentioned Mhaisekar.
Talking about migrants and college students who’re caught in Pune and need to return to their houses in different districts of Maharashtra, Ram mentioned that there are some districts, particularly these in Marathwada area, the place the administration is resisting the thought of accepting migrants from Pune, which has seen a excessive variety of COVID-19 instances.
Mhaisekar mentioned the state authorities directives are clear on this topic they usually specify that no district administration can refuse to just accept its personal residents who’ve quickly migrated in the hunt for work or for research.
“The districts will have to accept the stranded migrants who are anxious to return home. We can give them time to prepare and make arrangement to ensure that the migrants don’t become a source of virus spread, but they can’t refuse to accept them. As for their transport, the inter-district stranded persons can make their own arrangements. If they are going in a car, only driver plus two persons will be allowed. In a bus, about 30 persons can be allowed. They should send their applications and the process will be completed by sending the lists to respective districts,” mentioned Mhaisekar.
When requested concerning the preparations made for the return of Pune residents caught in different states, Ram mentioned the quantity was not very excessive, and most such college students had been in Delhi and Punjab. “As many as 72 students from the district who were stuck in Kota, Rajasthan, have recently returned. About 100 students are at Lovely Professional University (Punjab) and some are in Delhi. We will expedite their return,” mentioned Ram.