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Delhi: Farmer buys 10 flight tickets to send workers to their homes in Bihar

When Lakhinder called his wife to tell her he will be leaving for Bihar on a flight, she didn't believe him.

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The ten migrant workers who were stranded in Delhi for 2 months are finally returning back to their home in Bihar. They will be flying to their village and they are thanking to their employer, a Delhi farmer, who bought their plane tickets.

Their flight to the Bihar capital Patna is at 6 am on Thursday and the men, who planned to go home in April, can’t believe they are going to their villages in Samastipur – not walking or cycling thousands of kilometres, or scrambling for a seat on a bus or train, but on a plane.

According to the report of PTI,“I never imagined in my life that I will be travelling in a plane. I don’t have words to express my happiness. But I am also little bit nervous about what I have to do when we reach the airport tomorrow,” Lakhinder Ram, who will be returning with his son.

He is grateful to Pappan Singh, a mushroom farmer in Delhi’s Tigipur village who is helping rewrite the migrant narrative, so far about unpaid dues, hunger and arduous journeys home resulting in illness and even death.

When Lakhinder called his wife to tell her he will be leaving for Bihar on a flight, she didn’t believe him.

It was only when Pappan intervened and spoke to her that the truth dawned – her husband and son Naveen Ram, who had been working for eight years in Pappan’s field, would be flying home.

Lakhinder, 50, who has been working for Pappan for 27 years, said the farmer has been taking care of their food and accommodation since the lockdown began on March 25.

Pappan said he has booked tickets worth Rs 68,000 and is also giving each Rs 3,000 in cash, so they don’t face any problems when they reach their home state.

“These 10 workers would have left for their homes in Bihar in the first week of April on the train, but they could not go due to the lockdown,” Pappan told PTI.

He said he had made several attempts to send them back to their home state in a Shramik Special train but could not manage to do so.

“I could not have taken a risk by allowing my workers to walk thousands of miles as it would have put their lives in danger because we are getting to know these days that migrants meet road accidents while going home,” he said.

Pappan said he has completed all their medical formalities, in accordance with the requirements specified, so they have a smooth journey home.

“Medical fitness certificates have been issued by authorities to all 10 workers, and they are fit to travel in a plane,” he said.

“I have been doing mushroom farming since 1993, which has a season between August and March,” added the employer with a difference.

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