As Lakhs of Migrants in Delhi Want to Go Home, Centre Should Provide 100 Trains Daily for Next 4-5 Days: Kejriwal
NEW DELHI, MAY 19— Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded the central government to provide 100 buses daily for next 4-5 days in order to ensure the return of lakhs of migrants from the national capital to their home states.
“Lakhs of migrant labourers want to go home. Now 10-20 trains are not enough. I appeal to the central government to provide 100 trains daily for next 4-5 days. We will take all migrant labourers to their homes,” the Delhi CM said in a TV interview on Tuesday.
Since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24 in order to contain Coronavirus, thousands of migrant labourers have been walking hundreds of kilometres to their homes. From first week of this May, the central government has started ‘Shramik’ trains from various states to transport migrants to their home states. Lakhs have people have availed this facility in the last two weeks. Of late, some states have also started running buses to take the stranded migrants to their homes.
Meanwhile, Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has said that 65,000 migrants have been sent home from Delhi by trains.
Meanwhile, the national tally of Coronavirus positive cases crossed one lakh mark on Tuesday while over 3,000 have died. With 10,054 confirmed cases so far, Delhi is at No. 4 in the list of affected states. Maharashtra is the worst hit state with 35,038 confirmed cases.
Fear of infection and loss of livelihood are the main driving force behind independent India’s largest migrant movement.