Migrant workers leave Bathinda railway station onboard the special ‘Shramik’ train to Bihar, during Covid-19 lockdown, on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Migrant workers leave Bathinda railway station onboard the special ‘Shramik’ train to Bihar, during Covid-19 lockdown, on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

Railways revises guidelines for ‘Shramik’ trains, allows more passengers

The ministry has also appealed to all states, especially whose which have allowed very few trains, to give approvals liberally.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 02:53 PM IST

The Railways ministry has modified guidelines for ‘Shramik’ special trains, which ferry migrant labourers from various states during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The ministry has also decided to increase the capacity of these special trains from existing 1,200 to more than 1,700. The revised guidelines state that the capacity of these trains should be equal to the number of sleeper berths.

The railway zones have also been asked to provide three stoppages in the destination state other than the final stop, at the request of the state governments.

Also Watch | ‘Shramik Special’ trains arranged for migrants, students amid lockdown

 

The ministry has also appealed to all states, especially whose which have allowed very few trains, to give approvals liberally. The issue was discussed in Home Secretary’s meeting with states on Sunday and he has written a letter to them.

Home Minister Amit Shah has appealed to West Bengal in particular which has very low number.

In his letter, Home Ministry Ajay Bhalla said that all the states and union territories should cooperate with railways in running more ‘Shramik’ special trains for migrant workers.

He also asked states and union territories to ensure that migrant workers do not resort to walking on roads, rail tracks and use available special trains

The Indian Railways has operated 428 ‘Shramik’ special trains since May 1 and ferried home more over five lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Till May 9, out of the 287 trains which had terminated, 127 terminated in Uttar Pradesh, 87 in Bihar, 24 in Madhya Pradesh, 20 in Odisha, 16 in Jharkhand, four in Rajasthan, three in Maharashtra, two each in Telangana and West Bengal, and one each in Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the officials further said.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Goa’s mining industry came to a halt in March 2018 after the Supreme Court ruled that the mining lease renewals granted by the state government were not as per law.(HT PHOTO)
Goa’s mining industry came to a halt in March 2018 after the Supreme Court ruled that the mining lease renewals granted by the state government were not as per law.(HT PHOTO)

Goa govt trying resume mining in systematic manner, says Governor Koshyari

By Gerard de Souza
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:22 PM IST
  • Goa has been struggling with falling GDP after the Supreme Court quashed the renewal of 88 mining leases.
Close
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang(File photo)
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang(File photo)

Sikkim goes back to non-partisan polls after more than a decade

By Pramod Giri, Siliguri
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:26 PM IST
  • “The latest amendments would usher in true democracy in grassroots governance,” said chief minister Prem Singh Tamang.
Close
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

Naku La clash: China trying to open new front, test India’s defence, say experts

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:14 PM IST
The January 20 incident came close on the heels of aggressive Chinese action related to Japan’s Senkaku Islands and an incursion into Taiwan’s airspace by Chinese warplanes – which experts said appeared to be signalling towards the new US administration
Close
Police personnel during the full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day parade.(PTI)
Police personnel during the full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day parade.(PTI)

Marching style of Indian, Bangladeshi contingents 'similar', says Col Chaudhary

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:03 PM IST
"It is a great responsibility that has been assigned to us. The men with me are very excited to participate in this parade... If you ask about the feelings, participating in a foreign land, with a foreign army and with the same tempo is very much exciting," he said.
Close
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(ANI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(ANI)

Bihar to spend over 20 crore on security of temples, walls at burial grounds

Written by Reena Sopam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:02 PM IST
The move is aimed to address the issue of encroachment and illegal constructions over the burial grounds and near temples. Besides, there also has been a rise in incidents of thefts of idols from temples.
Close
Farmer unions have stated that they will carry out the rally with or without permission from the police.(HT Photo)
Farmer unions have stated that they will carry out the rally with or without permission from the police.(HT Photo)

Farmers complain tractors not allowed to enter Bengaluru for R-Day rally

By Sharan Poovanna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Multiple organisations in Karnataka have extended support to farmers agitating against the farm laws just outside of Delhi.
Close
The plea also alleges that the new WhatsApp norms also jeopardise national security by sharing, transmitting and storing the users’ data in some other country.(File photo for representation)
The plea also alleges that the new WhatsApp norms also jeopardise national security by sharing, transmitting and storing the users’ data in some other country.(File photo for representation)

Delhi HC reiterates ‘voluntary to download WhatsApp on mobile, not mandatory’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:53 PM IST
Additional solicitor general Chetan Sharma told the court that the data protection bill is being discussed and WhatsApp's response has been sought by the Central government.
Close
The police are yet to arrest the owner of the building. (Representational photo)
The police are yet to arrest the owner of the building. (Representational photo)

Man with 155 deskinned birds, involvement in smuggling arrested in Bihar

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:49 PM IST
The accused, a resident of Belwa village under Turakauliya police station of East Champaran, was involved in supply of Siberian and other local birds to various districts of Bihar.
Close
A security personal stands guard at Rajpath ahead of India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.(AFP)
A security personal stands guard at Rajpath ahead of India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.(AFP)

Live Updates: On R-Day eve, Jeevan Raksha Awards conferred

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:28 PM IST
President Ram Nath Kovind approved the conferment of the Jeevan Raksha Padak awards, an offshoot of the Ashoka Chakra series of Gallantry awards.
Close
Baljeet Yadav (Photo @BaljeetBehror)
Baljeet Yadav (Photo @BaljeetBehror)

Police case filed against Rajasthan MLA for alleged attempt to murder

By Jaykishan Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:44 PM IST
Mohit Yadav, 39, son of a BJP leader Jaswant Yadav, was beaten up by miscreants on Alwar Road at around 10.45 am on Sunday.
Close
Earlier on January 6, a sarpanch of a village in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district was killed by Maoists at his home.(Representative Photo)
Earlier on January 6, a sarpanch of a village in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district was killed by Maoists at his home.(Representative Photo)

Deputy sarpanch in Chhattisgarh's Bastar killed by Maoists: Cops

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:40 PM IST
Officials said that the man died by strangulation and that the Maoists then fled into the jungle.
Close
A batch of covid jabs in Myanmar.The consignments for Morocco and Brazil contained 2 mn doses each. ap(MINT_PRINT)
A batch of covid jabs in Myanmar.The consignments for Morocco and Brazil contained 2 mn doses each. ap(MINT_PRINT)

`Vaccine Maitri' helps strengthen bilateral ties with Myanmar, says Indian envoy

ANI, Yangon
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:26 PM IST
Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of north-eastern states including Nagaland and Manipur.
Close
The Chinese foreign ministry declined to confirm or deny the latest clash between the border troops during the regular ministry briefing on Monday.(Representative Photo)
The Chinese foreign ministry declined to confirm or deny the latest clash between the border troops during the regular ministry briefing on Monday.(Representative Photo)

Committed to peace, says China after PLA’s aggressive moves at Sikkim’s Naku La

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:17 PM IST
Several Chinese and Indian soldiers were reportedly injured in a clash last week after the Indian troops stopped a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) patrol team from entering Indian territory at Naku La in Sikkim.
Close
The Bombay High Court has let off a woman convicted by a special POCSO court in 2015 for abetting the sexual and physical assault.(Photo courtesy: Hindustan Times)
The Bombay High Court has let off a woman convicted by a special POCSO court in 2015 for abetting the sexual and physical assault.(Photo courtesy: Hindustan Times)

Obnoxious, unacceptable, outrageous: activists on Bombay HC judgement

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Women's rights activist Shamina Shafiq called it very unfortunate that a lady judge had come out with this judgement.
Close
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (File photo)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (File photo)

Republic Day: Haryana CM’s programme changed, to hoist flag in Panchkula

UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:12 PM IST
Shifting of Khattar’s programme from Panipat has necessitated change in state Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya’s programme from Panchkula to Haryana Raj Bhawan at Chandigarh
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP