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Mamata led WB Govt will bear whole expenses of migrants special trains

Mamata Banerjee (file )

West Bengal Government will bear all costs

Kolkata : West Bengal Government has decided to bear the entire costs of the movements of the state;s migrant workers. Bengal will bear the whole expense of Migrant laborers by Shramik Special trains from different states, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said , including that “no migrant will be charged”. The declaration comes in the midst of rehashed assaults by the central government and opposition parties on the Trinamool Congress government that has been blamed for not offering expected help for the arrival of migrants due to the across the nation coronavirus lockdown.

In a tweet, the Bengal Chief Minister likewise shared a letter to the Railway Board. “”Saluting the toil faced by our migrant breathen, I am pleased to announce the decision of GoWB to bear the entire cost of movement for our migrant workers by special trains from other states to West Bengal. No migrant will be charged. Letter to Rly Board attached”

On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee had said that her government has made arrangements for 105 more trains to bring back people stuck in different parts of the country. “Towards our commitment to helping all our people stuck in different parts of the country and who want to return back to Bengal, I am pleased to announce that we have arranged 105 additional special trains. Over the coming days, these special trains will embark from different states for various destinations across Bengal bringing our people back home,” Ms Banerjee tweeted on Thursday.

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Her tweet came on the same day as Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that there was a need of “105 trains per day” to bring back stranded migrants. “I feel sad that while there is a need for 105 trains/ day to bring back migrants to West Bengal, the state is accepting only 105 trains over 30 days. I once again hope for the sake of Bengali brothers and sisters in different parts of the country, that West Bengal will accept them back with open arms,” Mr Goyal tweeted.

Adhir Chowdhury Tweeted “It is onus of the state govt of West Bengal to defray the cost of the railway tickets for the stranded persons of WB. Happy to note that at last the reason has been prevailed upon”

Congress leader added “The question now that the West Bengal government should announce the no of trains required as per the data of stranded persons available with as early as possible, there is no dearth of trains”

(With inputs NDTV)


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