BanglaHunt Desk: Thousands of people are stranded in different parts of the country after the lockdown started. This time Mamata Banerjee's government took the initiative to bring them back home. They have already launched a toll free number. The number can be contacted by contacting the state administration, including migrant workers, benefactors, tourists and students stranded in Vinh State. Nodal Officer PB Selim has been appointed to look into the matter.
Several days ago, the central government ordered the return of migrant workers, but the chief secretaries of various states, including West Bengal, were reluctant to do so. They approached the center demanding to run a special train. The Union Home Ministry on Friday issued new guidelines in response to that demand. The Ministry of Railways was allowed to run special trains. Railways has been asked to appoint a nodal officer to coordinate with the states and union territories in this regard.
In a press release, South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway said that even though the railway service was closed till May 16. Special trains may be run to return stranded workers, benefactors, tourists, students and others to their respective states. The train will run on the request of the state governments.
Besides, it has been informed that the railways will transport passengers as per the list sent by the state government. No one will be allowed to travel by train in private. Therefore, gathering at the railway station has been banned by the railways.
Incidentally, 2,500 students from Rajasthan's quota were brought back in 93 buses on Friday. On Wednesday, they boarded a return bus from Rajasthan. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on April 26 that she herself was monitoring the whole process, adding that the process of returning students had already begun. All the students of Bengal who are stuck in the quota will leave for home soon.