Congress seeks Shramik train for Bihar migrants
IMPHAL, 8th May: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader former chief minister O Ibobi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and railway minister Piyush Goyal seeking permission for a special train to transport around 1500 migrant workers from Bihar who are in the state and offered to bear the cost of hiring the train by the party.
Informing this during a press conference held at the official residence of MLA K Meghachandra, Congress MLA K Govindas said that the initiative was taken up following instruction from AICC president Sonia Gandhi to bear the train fare for the migrant workers, who are willing to go back home. The decision was taken during a CLP meeting held at the official residence of Okram Ibobi on Friday.
Bihar was prioritised by the party as maximum of the migrant workers in the state are from Bihar. Once approved by the government, Congress party will sponsor the fare for transportation up to Jiribam by buses and up to Patna by train. The party had also written letters to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and CLP leader of the state for their cooperation in the evacuation, he said while expressing hope that both the state and central governments will respond positively. MLA K Meghachandra said that several migrant workers in the state are staying without any means of income. Considering their condition, Congress party came up with the proposal while at the same time carrying out the assurance given by the party’s chief. So far, the Manipur government has not taken up any initiative to allow the stranded migrant workers in the state to leave. Till date, around 1500 migrant workers from Bihar have registered themselves with Congress party for evacuation, he said and added that the party will also take up similar initiative for migrant workers from other states.
He also urged the state government to speed up the evacuation operation for state natives stranded in different parts of the country including those in red zone areas.