The UP government requested that before labourers are sent, states from which they are travelling must provide details of such workers, along with a certificate that they had been medically screened.
“The chief minister (Yogi Adityanath) has directed officials to facilitate more such trains to bring back our stranded labourers by coordinating with the respective state governments,” UP additional chief secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi told the media here.
Meanwhile, Adityanath has written to his counterparts in other states seeking cooperation in bringing back these labourers. The letters have been sent to the CMs of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan. The first train carrying migrant workers from Gujarat to their home states left at 5.30 pm on Saturday, carrying 1,200 passengers to Agra from the Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad.
However, the trip was not void of problems. Packed in over a dozen buses, around 2,000 migrants were brought from Piplaj and other nearby rural areas of Ahmedabad in the wee hours of Saturday and were made to wait for hours.