AGENCIES, New Delhi: As the countrywide lockdown to combat the coronavirus was extended for another two weeks, the Centre started running special trains since Friday to ferry stranded labourers to their home states.
Meanwhile, this has given rise to a new controversy especially since the state authorities will collect ticket fares from stranded migrants boarding these special trains to return to their hometowns and handover the amount to the Indian Railways.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party head Akhilesh Yadav said it was “highly shameful” that Mogi government was taking fees from the migrants who had no jobs and at this time of crisis. He tweeted in Hindi where he said that the Modi government supports the rich and works against the poor.
ट्रेन से वापस घर ले जाए जा रहे गरीब, बेबस मज़दूरों से भाजपा सरकार द्वारा पैसे लिए जाने की ख़बर बेहद शर्मनाक है. आज साफ़ हो गया है कि पूँजीपतियों का अरबों माफ़ करनेवाली भाजपा अमीरों के साथ है और गरीबों के ख़िलाफ़.
विपत्ति के समय शोषण करना सूदखोरों का काम होता है, सरकार का नहीं.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 3, 2020
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren had also made a similar point. However, he said the Jharkhand government will look for ways to pay for the tickets.
“We should not be asking migrants to pay for the tickets. They are in any case distressed. If the centre does not, then the Jharkhand government will look for ways to make this payment but we will certainly not ask the migrants to pay,” he quoted in a report in NDTV.