SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
93 SHRAMIK SPECIALS ARRIVE IN SER JURISDICTION & MORE THAN 1 LAKH FOOD PACKETS WITH WATER GIVEN TO THE MIGRANT WORKERS.
Kolkata, 28th May, 2020
As per the decision declared by the Central Government, Indian Railways has started running of Shramik Special trains with effect from 1st May, 2020 to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other passengers stranded at different places across the country due to unprecedented lockdowns in the wake of Covid-19. These special trains are being run from point to point on request of both the concerned State Governments as per the standard protocols for sending and receiving such stranded passengers. For this direction, Railways in co-ordination with State Governments have taken initiatives for smooth operation of the huge number of Shramik Special trains.
In accordance with the above as many as 93 Shramik Special trains have arrived at different stations of South Eastern Railway which has helped more than 1.12 Lakhs migrant workers to reach their home towns till now. These apart, 3 Shramik Special Trains have originated from South Eastern Railway.
This railway has set up 8 food supplying units in four Divisions. Kharagpur Division is supplying food and water from Kharagpur itself and Balasore. Adra Division is supplying food and water from Adra and Bokaro Steel City Station while Chakradharpur Division is providing food and water from Chakradharpur and Rourkela units. Ranchi Division is supplying food and water from Hatia and Muri. South Eastern Railway in association with IRCTC and different voluntary organizations has been patronising all migrant passengers with food and water. Till now, more than 1 lakh food packets (including lunch & dinner both) have been served to the migrant workers at the different stations in South Eastern Railway's jurisdiction to ease their hardship in this crisis moment.