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Migrants from Jaipur arrive by Shramik Special train at Danapur junction, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus

932 Shramik special trains operated since 1 May, over 11 lakh migrants ferried home

Out of the 932 trains which have been operated so far, 215 are in transit while 717 have terminated at various stations. Sixty-seven more are in the pipeline.
Migrants from Tamil Nadu at Danapur station board a train to reach their destination, in Patna on 11 May 2020

Railways adds 500 passengers to Shramik Special trains, no details on social distancing steps

Railways officials said over 4.5 lakh passengers have reached their home states via Shramik Specials so far. A majority of these trains — 272 of 363 — were headed to UP and Bihar.

No food, living under asbestos roof with no work: Why Surat workers are angry, ‘desperate’

Migrants in Surat's Mora village, where they clashed with police Saturday, say they failed to get train tickets despite paying fare. Authorities said not possible to let 6-7 lakh travel at one go.
Migrants from Jaipur arrive by Shramik Special train at Danapur junction, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus

Railways has operated 366 Shramik Special trains, ferried home 4 lakh migrants since 1 May

While 287 trains have already reached their destinations, 79 trains are in transit with 54 passengers in each coach.

Over 1 lakh migrants to return on 114 trains by Saturday night: UP govt

The govt also gave permission for 98 more trains to bring back migrants from rest of the country Sunday & Monday, said Additional Chief Secretary - Home, Awanish Awasthi.
Migrants from Madhya Pradesh were brought to New Delhi railway station via 72 DTC buses

Eager, relieved faces at New Delhi railway station as 1,200 migrants board train to MP

The special train carrying the migrant workers will reach Madhya Pradesh Friday. Nearly 350 police personnel supervised the entire exercise.
Migrants from Jaipur arrive by Shramik Special train at Danapur junction, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus

171 Shramik Special trains operated since 1 May ferrying over 1.70 lakh migrants: Railways

The Railways has officially not stated how much it has spent so far on these services, the cost for which the government says has been shared on an 85:15 ratio with states.

Karnataka govt takes U-turn, deploys special trains to take migrant workers home

Days after abruptly withdrawing the request sent to the Railways, the Karnataka govt wrote to different states seeking their consent for receiving the workers.
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File photo | Migrant workers jostle to get onto the UPSRTC buses in Delhi | Photo : Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Don’t blame Covid or financial package. Politics is holding India’s migrant workers hostage

Almost 64% of migrant workers have less than Rs 100 left, and 78% have not been paid since lockdown. They want to go home, but their path is blocked by the government.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.