Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Monday requested the deployment of central police forces in the state in the virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as per sources. He reportedly observed that such a move would provide relief to the police personnel in Maharashtra who are working without any rest. Incidentally, Thackeray in his address to the residents of Maharashtra on May 8 had hinted at the possibility of the state government seeking additional forces from the Centre to ensure that the overworked police personnel can take rest in rotation. However, on that occasion, he had dismissed the rumour about the Indian Army taking charge of Mumbai city to control the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Sources revealed that Thackeray also sought monetary assistance for the farmers to tide over the situation. He also reportedly cautioned that migrant workers leaving the state might risk spreading the virus back to their native places. Thereafter, the Maharashtra CM stressed that the migrant workers should be encouraged to stay back and not be forced to leave the state, according to sources. Reportedly, Thackeray called upon the PM to allow more relaxations instead of lifting the lockdown altogether. He also appealed to the Centre for allowing operation of local trains for essential services staff and urged it to permit more long-distance trains for ferrying migrants and stranded people from Maharashtra, sources added.
Currently, there are 22,171 confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra out of which 4,199 patients have recovered while 832 casualties have been reported. Earlier in the day, former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis demanded the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to provide free bus service to ensure the smooth movement of migrant workers desirous of returning to another district within the state. He contended that this facility should be also extended to students stranded in cities who want to go back to their native place.
स्थलांतरित कामगारांचा राज्यांतर्गत प्रवास 'एसटी'ने विनामूल्य करण्यासाठी राज्य सरकारने तत्काळ आदेश द्यावेत.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 11, 2020
तसेच विविध शहरांमध्ये अडकलेले विद्यार्थी त्यांच्या मूळ गावी जाऊ इच्छितात.त्यांनाही मोफत बस प्रवासाची सोय उपलब्ध करून द्यावी,ही माझी राज्य सरकारला विनंती आहे.#MigrantWorkers pic.twitter.com/hwOB2He8RV