Shramik special trains are running to take the people stranded in coronavirus lockdown back to their homes. Earlier, this week, a Shramik special train set off to Gorakhpur (UP) from Vasai Road (Maharashtra) on 21st May 2020 reached Rourkela station in Odisha, nearly 750km away from Gorakhpur.
Now, Congress Spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala has hit out at centre saying 40 trains have lost its direction. He took to Twitter and shared a newspaper clipping which says “40 Shramik Special train lost its way”
Sharing the clipping he wrote, “How much more will you make fun of tragedy? Now do not say that this too is a ‘drama’. Shame on Piyush Goyal.”
Check out the tweet:
कितना और मज़ाक़ बनाएँगे त्रासदी का?
अब ये मत कहना की ये भी ‘ड्रामेबाज़ी’ है।
शर्म करो पीयूष गोयल जी! pic.twitter.com/DzWqWX8Q39
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 25, 2020
However, earlier, the Railway ministry had clarified to this, It says,” we have decided to run few of the shramik trains on diverted routes. Some trains are diverted for Bihar via Rourkela yesterday to clear congestion.”
According to official data with the Railways, 31 lakh migrant workers on board 2,317 Shramik Special’ trains were transported to their home states since May 1, almost seven lakh more than the initial projection of 24 lakh.
The initial estimation of migrant workers to be transported back to their home towns were based on details provided by various state governments to the zonal offices of the Railways in late April when it was deciding on protocols to run the special trains, officials said.