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Central Govt Denies Claims About Shramik Trains Getting Lost; Says Special Arrangements for Meals Were Made

Lawstreet Journal 23 Sep 2020 1:15am

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The Railways defended itself on Friday (September 18,2020) in the face of severe criticism over delays by Shramik Specials in reaching their destinations, saying they were not regular trains and they can be extended or short-terminated, and their stoppages and routes can be changed for the benefit of migrant workers.

Addressing a press conference, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav clarified that no train can ever be "lost", as has been said about the delayed trains, and pointed out that of the 3,840 trains operated since 1 May, only four have taken over 72 hours to reach their destinations.

The clarifications came amid criticism over delays that the migrant trains were getting "lost" before reaching their destinations. Railways data shows that 36.5 percent of all Shramik trains have ended up in Bihar and 42.2 percent have terminated in Uttar Pradesh, leading to unequal pressure on these routes.

Repeatedly stating that these were "unusual times", Yadav also defended the Railways against the flak over lack of food and water onboard the delayed trains, saying 85 lakh meals and 1.25 crore water bottles were supplied free of cost to passengers.

He said complaints from passengers aboard specific trains have been investigated and it was found that there were no discrepancies in the supply of meals.

"Because of coronavirus, many contractors did not want to board the trains to distribute food. We would initially give the packets for them to take on their own. But now our employees are using masks and gloves to enter the trains and distribute… Continue Reading...

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