Guwahati: Tripura to send back 33,000 migrant workers in the state by train. "There are more than 33,000 migrant workers and their family members in the state belonging to Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal. As the working season is getting over, they are required to be sent home largely by train," informed chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb. Tripura chief secretary Manoj Kumar said in a statement, "In this regard, the matter has already been taken up by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, these states and Ministry of Railways. General Manager, North East Frontier is the nodal officer for arranging trains for stranded people in Tripura."
As per the guideline issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, on the occasion of Labour Day, the Indian Railways had introduced "Shramik Special" trains to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lockdown. These special trains will be run from point to point on the request of both the concerned State Governments as per the standard protocols for sending and receiving such stranded persons. The Railways and State Governments shall appoint senior officials as Nodal Officers for coordination and smooth operation of these "Shramik Specials".
The passengers have to be screened by the sending states and only those found asymptomatic would be allowed to travel. Sending State Governments will have to bring these persons in batches that can be accommodated in the train to the designated Railway Station in sanitized buses following social distancing norms and other precautions. It will be mandatory for every passenger to wear face cover. Meals and drinking water would be provided to the passengers by the sending states at the originating station.