Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak to the Chief Ministers of states, who are not allowing migrants to return home. Taking to Twitter, Pawar dropped an apparent hint at Mamata Banerjee as the West Bengal government and the Centre have locked horns over the repatriation of migrants workers.
The NCP supremo urges PM Modi to talk to the CMs of the respective states who are not allowing these people to come back home.
I humbly request our @PMOIndia Shri. Narendra Modi ji to intervene in this matter by talking to the CMs of the respective states who are not allowing these people to come back home.— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 9, 2020
The NCP chief informed that he has talked to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal regarding the issue of migrant workers. Thackeray and Goyal have assured him of arrangements for the transportation of workers, who are willing to go back to their respective home states.
The CM of Maharashtra has assured me of arrangments for the transportation of these workers wanting to go back to their home states.— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 9, 2020
State Transport buses will be used for their travel. The Union Railway Minister has also assured of arrangements of travel by trains for the same.
Earlier, a chart for trains that terminated at various States till 9 AM on Saturday shows that even as 265 trains operated across India, only two trains terminated in West Bengal. This, given the fact that Bengal has a large chunk of its people residing in other States as migrant workers.
Over the migrant workers' situation, the other State governments in close cooperation with the Centre have started facilitating Shramik Special Trains. West Bengal government has now sent the request of eight trains.