Trains carrying migrants depart for Bihar, UP and Jharkhand

MORE SUCH TRAINS TO LEAVE FOR DIFFERENT STATES IN COMING DAYS: DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

North Gazette News/ Ludhiana

Four trains carrying around 1200 migrants each from different states departed for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand from Railway Station, Ludhiana today. These trains left for Saharsa (Bihar), Sitamarhi (Bihar), Pratapgarh (Uttar Pradesh) and Daltanganj (Jharkhand) today.

Chaired by Member of Parliament Mr Ravneet Singh Bittu, a meeting was held at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today. This meeting was also attended by MLAs  Surinder Dawar and Sanjay Talwar, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, Ludhiana Improvement Trust Chairman Raman Balasubramaniam, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Kumar Agrawal, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kanwal Preet Kaur Brar, MC Additional Commissioner-cum-Nodal Officer  Sanyam Aggarwal, Senior Congress leaders Karanjit Singh Galib, Ashwani Sharma, Kamaljit Singh Karwal, Mr Rajiv Raja, besides several others. Issues related to the smooth running of trains were also discussed in the meeting.

Ravneet Singh Bittu said that all facilities are being provided to the migrants who are willing to travel to their home states. He said that they are being provided food, two-litre bottle of mineral water, a cold drink and other amenities. He said that the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government is paying for the train ticket of all the passengers. He urged the migrants to stay back in Ludhiana as thousands of industries have now started due to which several labourers have returned back to their jobs.

Vinod Kumar, who basically hails from a village near Pratapgarh and is now a resident of Sunet village, thanked the Punjab government for all the arrangements made for them for their journey back home.

Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that four trains departed today, whereas four trains had departed yesterday, two on May 6, 2020, and one on May 5. He assured that more such trains would depart for different states in the coming days as well. He also took a round of the Railway Station and interacted with the migrants to check whether all facilities have been provided to them or not.

The Deputy Commissioner clarified that only those migrants would get benefit of this facility, who have applied on web portal, www.covidhelp.punjab.gov.in only. He informed that till today afternoon, around 6 lakh people from other states have applied for going to their home states. He informed that all states have appointed nodal officers for this purpose, who are in constant touch with each other. He informed that the persons who have applied on the government portal, the District Administration has sent them a message on their mobile numbers (mentioned at the time of registration). He stated that people who have not applied, would not be allowed to leave, and the registration is a must.

Mr Agrawal informed that in future also, the District Administration would send message to such persons, who have registered themselves at government portal www.covidhelp.punjab.gov.in, about the date and place where they have to reach for the start of their journey back home. He said that proper screening of all migrants is being done in Ludhiana, and people who are medically fit, would be allowed to travel. He said that during travel, the passengers would be made to strictly follow social distancing.

He appealed to the migrants to assist the district administration in this regard, so that they can reach their home states safely. He said that if they do not assist the district administration, then it might delay their travel plans, so they should wait for their turn. The migrants also thanked the Punjab government for their arrangements.