PROCESS OF SENDING MIGRANTS TO OTHER STATES STARTS
Out of 1200 migrants from first batch, 300 choose to stay back as factories have started in Ludhiana
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Ludhiana: Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal have informed that in view of the ongoing curfew/lockdown due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the process of sending migrants to their home states have started. In this regard, the first train carrying around 900 migrants from Uttar Pradesh would leave from Railway Station Ludhiana today.
He informed that the Punjab government is already in touch with governments of other states for sending their residents in a safe manner. He informed that request was sent to the Uttar Pradesh government and in today’s train, around 900 migrants would leave for Prayagraj (Allahabad) in train from Railway Station Ludhiana.
The Deputy Commissioner clarified that only those migrants would get benefit of this facility, who have applied on web portal, www.covidhelp.punjab.gov.in only. He informed that till today afternoon, around 5.10 lakh people from other states have applied for going to their home states. He informed that all states have appointed nodal officers for this purpose, who are in constant touch with each other. He informed that the persons who have applied on the government portal, the District Administration has sent them a message on their mobile numbers (mentioned at the time of registration). He stated that people who have not applied, would not be allowed to leave, and the registration is a must.
Mr Agrawal informed that in future also, the District Administration would send message to such persons, who have registered themselves at government portal www.covidhelp.punjab.gov.in, about the date and place where they have to reach for the start of their journey back home. He said that proper screening of all migrants is being done in Ludhiana, and people who are medically fit, would be allowed to travel. He said that during travel, the passengers would be made to strictly follow social distancing.
He appealed to the migrants to assist the district administration in this regard, so that they can reach their home states safely. He said that if they do not assist the district administration, then it might delay their travel plans, so they should wait for their turn.
A migrant named Vikas Kumar, who was excited to travel to Prayagraj, thanked the Punjab government for facilitating their journey back home. He said that when the curfew/lockdown ends, he would certainly return to Ludhiana, because it is like his second home, and the financial condition of his family depends on his job in Ludhiana. Several other migrants also thanked the Punjab government for their arrangements.
It is pertinent to mention that for today’s train, an SMS was sent to around 1200 migrants, but only around 900 came forward and the remaining 300 chose to stay back as several industries have started their operations and have gone back to their jobs. Such persons thanked the Punjab government because they have got back their jobs now.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that till date, 3454 samples have been taken in the district, out of which report of 3105 has been received, and 2963 samples were negative. He informed that till date, 124 samples (all related to district Ludhiana) have been found positive, while 18 are from other districts, eight patients have been fully cured, and unfortunately five persons have lost their lives. He said that at present, there are 111 active patients of Ludhiana district.
He said that all the employees of the District Administration are working tirelessly for the safety of residents. He urged the residents to stay indoors and follow all directions of the Punjab government if they want to contribute in the fight against COVID 19. On this occasion, he also took stock of the arrangements at Bus Stand, from where the migrants would be taken to the Railway Station in buses. He was also accompanied by Commissioner of Police Mr Rakesh Kumar Agrawal, MC Commissioner Mrs Kanwal Preet Kaur Brar, besides several others./(May 05, 2020)