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No consent needed from destination states to run Shramik Specials: Railways

Earlier, a political storm had broken out when Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were being laggard in approving these trains

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BS Web Team & PTI  |  New Delhi 

Migrant workers wait to board a special train for Ranchi, in Kozhikode. Photo: PTI
Migrant workers wait to board a special train for Ranchi, in Kozhikode. Photo: PTI

The on Tuesday said the consent of the destination states is not required to operate Shramik Special trains, hours after the Home Ministry issued a standard operating procedure for the transporter to run these trains to ferry migrants to their native places.

"Consent of terminating state not necessary to run Shramik Special trains," railway spokesperson Rajesh Bajpai said.

"After the new SoP, the implication is that no consent of receiving state is mandatory," he said.

Earlier, a political storm had broken out when Railway Minister said that West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were being laggard in approving these trains.

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Since May 1, the has run 1,565 migrant trains and ferried over 20 lakh migrants.

Operated 1,565 'Shramik Special' trains, ferried over 2 million migrants: Railways

The Indian has operated 1,565 'Shramik Special' trains since May 1 and ferried over 20 lakh migrants back home, the transporter said on Tuesday.

While Uttar Pradesh has allowed 837 trains, Bihar has permitted 428 and Madhya Pradesh more than 100, Railway Minister said in a tweet.

As of Monday night, 162 trains were in transit and 1,252 had reached their destinations. Around 116 more are currently in the pipeline, it said.

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"Under the leadership of PM @NarendraModi, more than 20 lakh workers have been sent to their homes by the Railways on 1,565 Shramik Special trains," the minister said.

According to data till Monday night, more than 496 trains have originated from Gujarat and 17 more are in the pipeline, while over 266 trains have already started from Maharashtra, with 37 more in the pipeline.

First Published: Tue, May 19 2020. 18:09 IST
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