Mumbai: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday expressed grief over the death of 24 migrant labourers killed in road accident in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh and once again urged state governments to give permission for Shramik trains.
“Deeply saddened by accident in Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh. My condolences to families of deceased and injured persons. Labourers are heading home on trucks which is dangerous. I request all states to give permission for ‘shramik special’ trains, so such incidents can be avoided,” Goyal tweeted in Hindi on Saturday.
औरैया, उत्तर प्रदेश में हुई दुर्घटना से बहुत दुख हुआ, मेरी संवेदनायें दुर्घटना में मारे गये प्रवासी मजदूरों के परिजनों के साथ हैं।
हमारे मजदूर भाई ट्रकों से घर जा रहे हैं जो खतरनाक है। मेरा सभी राज्यों से आग्रह है कि श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेनों को अनुमति दें, ताकि ये घटनायें ना हों।
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 16, 2020
Earlier, Goyal had said that states including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand were not allowing enough ‘labour-specific’ trains to enter their states.
In another accident involving migrants, 24 workers were killed after the truck they were travelling with today in Auraiya district in Uttar Pradesh.
In another accident involving migrants, 24 workers were killed after the truck they were travelling within Auraiya district in Uttar Pradesh today.
The central government said on Friday that 12 lakh passengers had arrived in their home states by ‘labour special trains’, to be transferred to migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at various places due to coronary-induced lockdown Was introduced for.