Migrant workers and their family members in the state belong largely to Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam & West Bengal

Agartala: Tripura government has decided to send back the migrant workers to their respective states with the help of the Central government, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb in Agartala on Monday.

Taking to Twitter, Deb confirmed the development, “Govt of Tripura along with the help of central govt have decided to sent back 33000 migrant workers to their respective States from Tripura largely by train.

For orderly transport the migrant workers to their respective States we have formed a team consisting of senior officials.”

As per a letter issued by Tripura chief secretary Manoj Kumar, there are more than 33,000 migrant workers and their family members in the state belonging largely to Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam & West Bengal.

The letter also cited that as the work season is getting over, they are required to be sent to their native places, largely by train. In this regard, the matter has already been taken up with the Union ministry of home affairs, the states concerned and the Union ministry of railways.

The general manager of Northeast Frontier Railway is the nodal officer for arranging trains for stranded people in Tripura.

The state government has also constituted a team that would ensure that the orderly transport of migrant workers from Tripura to their respective states.

The team includes principal secretary- SR Kumar, special secretary- Deepa D Nair, Labour commissioner- Tapash Roy, Joint transport commissioner- Ajit Debnath.

The team will facilitate and coordinate transfer of migrant workers as per the standard operational procedure (SOP), the letter added.

Meanwhile, the state government has also appointed 7 higher officers to look after residents of Tripura stranded outside state in different parts of the country.

“We have appointed the following officials for respective States to help in bringing back the stranded people in Tripura down-pointing triangle. We are committed to help everyone, please co-operate with Government. Don’t panic”, the chief minister wrote.

A letter issued by the general administration (personnel & training) department reads, “Many people of this state like migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other are stranded across different states due to country wide lockdown declared to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. They may be in great hardship and willing to come back to Tripura.”

Six nodal officers have been engaged with one state each having more number of people from state and one officer for the rest of the states.

Earlier, a working group to look after was formed to identify the number of people stranded outside Tripura and to get in touch with other governments as well as ‘State Bhawans’ to resolve the problems of such stranded people.

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