HOW CAN MIGRANT WORKERS BE CHARGED TO TRANSPORT THEM TO HOME STATES WHEN S.C. HAS ORDERED NOT TO ?
15 Days back there was a S.C. Order saying that the Migrant Labourers shouldn’t be charged , Rail or Bus fares to return to their home states . Also the S.C. has been advising the Railways to use and arrange for special Trains for them .
After 2 weeks of the order the situation still stands still at square One . Both the Governments state and centre have washed their hands and want Private players to make hay or come to the rescue of the Migrant workers .
Private Buses are stationed in front of Central Railway station charging Rs. 8,000 per Migrant to be taken home . It takes 3 days to Reach Bihar . The Private Bus Driver is not sure if the trip is approved . Yet they collect money take passengers and go . Why allow such unauthorised trips through Private buses. Both Railways and the State has thrown the S.C. Order to the winds.
We take pride in Indian Railways saying it is one of the largest Rail networks in the world. Till lockdown it was operating 13,000 Passenger trains with 65,000 coaches hauling 2,22, 00,000 Passengers (out of them 14 lakh people book through IRCTC ) managed by 13 lakh well paid employees .
The total number of Inter state Migrant workers range from 6.5 Crores according to NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) and 8 Crores according to other sources . Indian Railways with the above credentials very well could have and can manage the entire exodus without a hazzle .
ALL THAT RAILWAYS SHOULD DO IS TO HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENTS TO DO IT IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST .