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Centre to Arrange Special Trains to Facilitate Return of Laborers to Workplaces

Lawstreet Journal 2 Jun 2020 10:50pm

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Following the growing concerns which were raised by the industries regarding the shortage of labor hitting production and logistics, the central government on Saturday, 30th May 2020 announced that special trains to facilitate the return of laborers to their workplaces will be initiated.

Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur assured that special trains would be arranged so that laborers can return to their workplaces after listening to the problem of shortage from the industries. 

Thakur interacted with the members of the chamber through the medium of video conferencing.

The minister urged the industries to get in touch with their workers, who have returned home during the pandemic lockdown period.

3,840 ‘Shramik special trains’ have been operated till 28th May 2020 and the services commence from 1st May 2020 according to the Railway Board

Thakur further informed that an Ordinance will soon be held on the new rules of tax deduction at source (TDS) why responding to the other suggestions by the chamber.

The Railways ministry has modified guidelines for ‘Shramik’ special trains, which ferry migrant laborers from various states during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The ministry has also decided to increase the capacity of these special trains from existing 1,200 to more than 1,700. The revised guidelines state that the capacity of these trains should be equal to the number of sleeper berths.

The railway zones have also been asked to provide three stoppages in the destination state other than the final stop, at the request of the state governments.

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