Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has come forward to provide a helping hand to migrant labourers from Assam travelling in buses from far-flung areas across the country. The former chief minister has announced to provide an amount of Rs 5 lakh from ‘Usha-Kamal Gogoi Memorial Trust’ — a trust named after the former chief minister’s parents, for the benefit of the labourers.
“The pandemic coronavirus had largely affected the nation. There are thousands who had traveled to several parts of the country to earn their livelihood but due to the outbreak of the virus many of the unfortunate had to lose their jobs. Many of them have asked for help from me to bring them back home. So, for the sake of humanity and to bring them back home through buses, I will provide a financial support of Rs 5 lakh from Usha-Kamal Trust which is named after my parents,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi also took a dig at the BJP government in Assam saying that all efforts made by the government has failed. This is not the first time that the former chief minister has been critical of the BJP government in the state and the Centre.
Earlier, Gogoi termed the decision to call for a nationwide lockdown as “abrupt” and said that complete lockdown within a few hours without proper planning and policy has immensely cost the country economically.
“As a result of this, lakhs of poor people, including daily-wage earners, rickshaw pullers, thelawallahs, traders, small businessmen, farmers, weavers, milk producers, fish producers, etc, have been adversely affected,” Gogoi further mentioned.
Criticising the centre, the former Assam CM had also alleged that about 5 to 6 lakh workers have been stranded in different parts of the country who have lost their jobs and livelihood.