The announcement on Monday morning, got here within the wake of widespread criticism of the Indian Railways for not permitting free journey of the migrants and workers and asking the state governments to pay for it.
Referring to workers and migrants as “ambassadors” of India’s development who deserve the identical courtesy meted out to Indians stranded overseas flown in by the federal government, the Congress president mentioned each Pradesh Congress Committee will bear the fee for rail journey of each needy employee and migrant labourer. “This will be INC’s humble contribution in service of our compatriots,” she mentioned in an announcement.
Gandhi additionally questioned the Railways’ contribution to the PM’s Corona fund and the Rs 100 crore that was spent on organising Namaste Trump in Gujarat. “Our workers and labourers are the ambassadors of our nation’s development. When our authorities can recognise its duty by arranging free air journey for our residents stranded overseas, when the federal government can spend practically Rs 100 crores on transport and meals and so forth. for only one public programme in Gujarat, when the Rail Ministry has the largesse to donate Rs 151 crores to the PM’s Corona fund, then why can’t these important members of our nation’s cloth be given a fraction of the identical courtesy, particularly free rail journey, at this hour of acute misery?,” Gandhi mentioned in her assertion.
Many money strapped states have already sought the Centre’s help in sending migrant populations home.
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Referring to the present migrant motion as a “tragedy with a massive human cost” and the worst since post-1947 migration of individuals, Congress president mentioned, “As the Central Government barely gave a 4-hour discover of the lockdown, workers and migrant labourers have been denied the chance to return to their houses. Post the partition of 1947, that is the primary time India witnessed a tragedy with such a large human price as 1000’s of migrant workers and labourers have been pressured to stroll home a number of hundred kilometres on foot- with out meals, with out medicines, with out cash, with out transportation, with out something besides for the need to return to their households and family members. The very thought of their plight is sufficient to break our hearts as there was additionally the outpouring of assist from fellow Indians for their inspiring resolve.”