Nagaland Congress has reiterated the party’s decision to pay the rail fares for migrant labourers

Kohima: Reiterating the Indian National Congress (INC) president Sonia Gandhi’s decision to pay for the rail tickets of all needy workers and migrant labourers, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has reminded the state chief secretary to provide the details of all needy workers and migrant labourers who are currently in the state.

Taking to Twitter, the Nagaland Congress wrote: “NPCC reminds Chief Secretary Sh @temjentoy about our offer letter of 7 May 2020, asking for registered details of all needy workers & migrant laborers wishing to go/return home. Congress is ready to bear the cost of train fares and payment will be made directly to state govt.”

A copy of a letter dated May 7, addressed to chief secretary Temjen Toy from its president K Therie, was also attached with the tweet. It said that following the decision of the Congress president Sonia Gandhi on May 4 to take the responsibility for the “payment of return rail tickets for all needy workers and migrant laborers wishing to travel to their homes”, the party has been identifying individuals and reaching out to them.

As most workers and migrant labourers have applied to the SDO (civil)/district magistrates to facilitate the return journey, the party requested Toy to provide the list of all needy workers and migrant labourers who are currently in the state and are wishing to return to their homes, along with the cost of the rail tickets. “We shall deposit the necessary amount with you directly,” it said.

The letter then said that it is the duty of every Indian to stand by the workers and migrant labourers “who are nation builders and the ambassadors of India’s growth”. “It is indeed heart-breaking that their return journey, which could have been handled with ease and grace, has been allowed to escalate to such levels due to the mercantile and apathetic attitude of the Central government as also the railways,” it added.

Ensuring the payment of the rail travel tickets for workers and migrant labourers, it hoped that that the state government will provide necessary cooperation.

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