Mumbai, May 4
The AICC president Sonia Gandhi in a statement on Monday said state Congress units will bear the cost of rail travel of needy migrant workers and labourers stranded at their workplaces due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown and seeking to return home. This would be the Congress’ humble contribution in standing shoulder to shoulder with these workers, who are the backbone of the country’s economy.
If the government can bear the expenses of air travel to evacuate Indians stranded abroad, why it cannot show the same gesture towards the migrant workers ? she asked. She also accused the central government and the Railways of completely ignoring the demands made by the Congress for ensuring the safe and free travel of migrant workers and labourers to their homes.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also said in a tweet in Hindi, “On the one hand, the Railways is charging ticket fares from labourers stranded in other states, while on the other hand, the Railway Ministry is donating Rs 151 crore to the PM-Cares Fund. Just resolve this puzzle.”
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