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Punjab CM thanks migrant labourers who chose to stay back and work

CM says the state is in talks with embassies of various countries that are looking at shifting their business out of China.

cities Updated: May 24, 2020 09:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.(HT FILE)

Addressing the public during a Facebook live, Punjab chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh thanked the migrant labourers who chose to stay back and contribute towards Punjab’s economic strength. The CM said, “This is your state and you are a part of it. It is vital for the industry to function to ensure livelihood.”

“Of those migrants who had applied for online registration, nearly half had willingly decided to stay back and work in the industry,” said the CM, adding that of the total 2.56 lakh industries in the state, operations have resumed in 1.5 lakh units.

On transportation arrangements for migrants wanting to leave the state, he said, “My government has been facilitating the return of migrants through special trains. Besides, 607 buses were sent to Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. Around 3.25 lakh of the 13 lakh migrants have returned to their homes on these trains, while 17,000 have returned through buses.”

REACHING OUT TO EMBASSIES

“The state government is reaching out to embassies of various nations, which are looking to shift their business out of China,”” he said, adding, “The state is in talks with various embassies and offering them all possible support, in terms of land, infrastructure and other facilities. We have written to embassies of various countries and are engaged in talks with Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese embassies in India.”

“Given the way we have controlled the situation, we will not need a strict lockdown again,” he said.

While replying to questions, the CM said that the decision on opening gyms would be taken after May 31, in line with the Centre’s guidelines.

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