Gandhinagar, 8 May , 2020
Government of Gujarat led by Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani, in coordination with the Central Government, has successfully run 97 labor trains to send migrant workers back home. 33 more trains will run today, taking the total tally to 127. Around 1 lakh 53 thousand migrant workers have been successfully sent back to their respective natives.
Providing details of the same, Secretary to CM, Mr. Ashwani Kumar said, “ 163 labour trains have run across India for sending back migrant workers. Out of this, Gujarat has sent the maximum number of trains, i.e 97. The state government will send 33 more trains today to four states namely U.P, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand.”
39 trains were operated yesterday. 16 to U.P, 16 to Orissa, 4 to Bihar and 3 to Jharkhand. 24 trains have run from Ahmedabad and Viramgam railway station till last night. These include 18 to U.P and 6 to Bihar.
8 trains to U.P and 1 to Bihar has been sent from Vadodara railway station. 4 trains have been sent from Rajkot, 3 from Godhra, 2 from Jamnagar, 1 from Kutch-Bhuj, 1 from Mehsana, 1 from Morbi, 3 from Nadiad, 1 from Palanpur, 2 from Anand, 1 from Ankleshwar and 1 from Bhavnagar.
A total of 97 trains have been operated including 57 for U.P, 16 for Orissa, 4 for Jharkhand, 16 for Bihar, and 1 for M.P. A total of 1 lakh 13 thousand migrant labours have been sent to their home states with proper arraignments of social distancing.
Particular arrangements have been made by the administrations of Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Nadiad, Palanpur, Mehsana and other districts to avoid any hindrance in this system.
He added that, a total of 33 trains will run from different cities of Gujarat on Friday. Which includes 25 trains for Uttar Pradesh, 4 for Bihar, 1 for Jharkhand, 2 for Madhya Pradesh and 1 for Rajasthan. Out of the total 9 trains from Surat today, 5 trains will run for Uttar Pradesh, 2 trains for Bihar, 1 train for Jharkhand and 1 train for Rajasthan. A total of 3 trains will depart from Vadodara, including 2 for Uttar Pradesh and 1 for Bihar. A total of 7 depart will leave for Ahmedabad. Out of which 5 trains will depart from Sabarmati station to Uttar Pradesh and 2 trains from Himmatnagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Rajkot, Tapi, Nadiad and 2 trains from Morbi will depart.
Mr. Ashwani kumar briefed on the distribution of food grains to 61 lakh APL-1 card holders of the state. In this regard, he said that ration card holders with 3 and 4 as their last digit will receive their food grains from cheap food shop. So far, about 12 lakh families have received their supplies from such shops. Which will result to around 15 lakh families till Friday 10pm. In just two days, rations have been distributed to about 15 lakh middle class families in the state who have APL-1 card.
Mr. Ashwani kumar said that MNREGA works have been started with sufficient vigilance to ensure that public life in the rural areas of the state is restored quickly, employment is provided to the workers keeping in mind social distancing.
3 lakh 32 thousand 439 workers are getting their livelihood under such MGNREGA program in the state. MNREGA works are in progress in 4 thousand 272 gram panchayats. Which include 46,522 in Dahod, 31,510 in Bhavnagar, 25,974 in Narmada, 19,376 in Panchmahal, 18,955 in Chhota udaipur, 16,921 in Tapi and 16,195 in Sabarkantha.
Briefing about Sujalam-Suflam Jal Abhiyan he said that, so far 26,88,718.91 cubic meters of water storage has been completed. In this regard, he said that in the last two years, 23,500 lakh cubic feet of additional water has been stored in the state through this scheme. Under this program, deepening of lakes, check dams, small rivers are carried out in the villages. The main objective of this program is to provide fertile and good soil to the farmers free of cost for agriculture and digging of ponds to save additional water.