Railway Ministry informs in written about the deaths occurring in the Shramik trains during lockdown

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Railway Ministry informs in written about the deaths occurring in the Shramik trains during lockdown

Railway Minister submits a written statement in the Lok Sabha on the Shramik Special Train Deaths

Thursday, 17th September 2020

97 people in total had died on board while traveling back to home in the Shramik Special trains that were started during the months of lockdown to convey the stranded migrants to their home state, informed the Railway Ministry at the Lok Sabha on this Wednesday.


The ministry had informed in written that 51 reports of Post Mortem have been submitted by the State Police so far and in those reports the various reasons that had caused the deaths were listed out. Among the listed out reasons, there are things like brain hemorrhage, heart disease, cardiac arrest, chronic disease of the liver, chronic disease of the lungs, pre-existing chronic disorders. It also mentioned that no report was provided indicating the spread of the COVID-19 infection while these migrants were traveling by those special trains.


“Based on the data provided by the State police, 97 persons were reported to have passed away till 09.09.2020 while travelling onboard Shramik Special trains during Covid-19," read the written statement of the Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

In a different reply on the fare of the Shramik Special trains, Mr. Goyal said: “Fare of Rs 433 crore has been collected from the State governments and from the representatives of the State governments for running them from 01.05.2020 to 31.08.2020.”

He further added that only a small part of the net costs incurred on running these trains has been recovered by the national transporter resulting in much loss.


For these special Shramik Special Trains the Indian Railways had made certain special, pandemic-specific arrangements like medical help, improved sanitization, enhanced security, free meals & drinking water, rake sanitization. All these special arrangements had caused an increase in the net cost of operating these trains, he said.


The statement of the Railway Minister came in just two days post the declaration made by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, the Union Labour and Employment  Minister. In his declaration, Mr. Gangwar informed that there’s no stats related to the number of deaths and job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic with the government.


As per the data from the Railway Ministry, since the 1st of May 4621 Shramik Special Trains had run in the country transporting about 63.19 lakh migrants to their natives.



Source: Times of India 

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