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Maharashtra demands special trains to transport migrant labourers

by Raju Vernekar
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IT News
Mumbai, April 22

The Maharashtra Government has demanded that the special trains be made available to enable migrant labourers stranded in the state, especially Mumbai, to return to their native places, once the lockdown period gets over on May 3.
During a video conferencing discussion with five member central team led by Additional Union Secretary Manoj Joshi, on Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray  said that the state government has been providing food to nearly six lakh migrant labourers every day. However since the central government has indicated that the spread of COVID 19 may continue till 15 May, it will be better if the centre prepares a guidelines about transporting migrant labourers to their native places, with End to end precautions like providing them quarantine facilities. The Maharashtra government has already written to the prime minister and the railway ministry, Thackeray pointed out to the delegation.
Besides, since the cooked food is perishable, the centre should think on the lines of providing food grains to those without ration cards and the state government will bear the responsibility of its distribution. This will reduce the load on the government employees handling other emergency jobs.
Maharashtra has set up COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 hospitals (to deal with morbidity ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure etc) and has increased the number of isolation wards. As such the centre should provide PPE kits, ventilators and other equipments, since the safety of doctors, nurses and health workers is of utmost importance.
Eighty per cent Maharashtra population is not affected by COVID-19. The coronavirus entered Maharashtra via USA and Dubai. The situation prevailing in USA is known. However the centre should study what steps Dubai has initiated to avoid recurrence of such deadly virus, Thackeray pointed out.
Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Pravin Pardeshi said that 10 districts of Maharashtra are totally unaffected by COVID-19 and the duration of doubling the number of patients is 18 to 21 days in Maharashtra (except Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Malegaon).
The central team visited Worli Koliwada area in South Central Mumbai on Tuesday, which was a COVID 19 hotspot a few days back. However now it is free of the coronavirus due to the strict containment policy adopted by the BMC.
Besides Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Pravin Pardeshi and Mumbai Police Commissioner Paramvir Singh participated in the conference.

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