NPCC to fund rail tickets of migrant workers

DIMAPUR, MAY 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/8/2020 12:41:51 PM IST

In line with Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s assurance to bear the payment of return rail tickets for all needy workers and migrant labourers wishing to travel to their homes across the country, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has asked the State government to provide a list of all needy workers and migrant labourers from other States currently stuck in Nagaland and wishing to return home so that the party could fund their train tickets.

In a letter to chief secretary Temjen Toy by its president K Therie, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee said while it was also identifying such individuals and reaching out to them, most of these migrants had applied to deputy commissioners and SDOs (civil) to help facilitate their return journeys.

Promising of depositing the necessary amount with the chief secretary directly, the letter requested the government to contact the NPCC president or NPCC general secretary and party’s Task Force for COVID-19 chairman Capt (retd) GK Zhimomi, who is the nodal person, in this regard.

Asserting that it was the duty of every Indian to stand by workers and migrant labourers, who were nation builders and ambassadors of India’s growth, NPCC noted that it was indeed heart-breaking that their return journey, which could have been handled with ease and grace, had been allowed to escalate to such levels due to the “mercantile and apathetic attitude” of the Central government.

Nonetheless, the letter reiterated the commitment of Indian National Congress to fighting this disease and towards ensuring payment of rail travel tickets for workers and migrant labourers. It hoped the chief secretary would provide the necessary cooperation in this regard.



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