A huge number of people from Assam work across the rest of the country Credit: Twitter

Kokrajhar: The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) has made an appeal to the Centre to facilitate the return of migrant workers hailing from Bodeland Territorial Region (BTR) and other parts of Assam, who are stranded in various parts of India due to nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19, by arranging special trains as soon as possible.

In a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the party said that several hundred migrant workers from the BTR are stranded in different places in the country in the wake of lockdown and they now want to return to their respective homes as the government has been initiating measures for such people. The party also urged PM Modi and Union railway minister Piyush Goel to arrange special trains in this regard.

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“The region and the other parts of Assam supply a huge amount of labour force to rest of the country. Moreover, due to the nationwide lockdown these migrant labours from the region have been continuously approaching us to bring them back to their beloved homes. As this is an inter-state matter, the intervention of the government of India is the only solution,” party president Pramod Boro said.

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Boro also urged the Centre and PM Modi to offer one time free-of-cost special trains for the migrant workers hailing from BTR for their safe and peaceful journey to reach Assam.

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