Ground Report | News Desk
Amidst growing cases of coronavirus in the country, Congress President Sonia Gandhi announced on Monday that the Congress party will bear the cost of the train journey to return the trapped laborers home.
The Congress has tweeted and wrote, “The Indian National Congress has decided that every unit of the State Congress Committee will bear the ticket cost for the journey of every needy laborer and worker to return home and take necessary steps in this regard.” The statement of party president Sonia Gandhi has been tweeted.
Sonia Gandhi has said, ‘Workers and workers are the backbone of the country. Their hard work and sacrifice is the foundation of nation building. Due to lockdown on only four hours notice, lakhs of workers and workers were deprived of returning home.
“The Indian National Congress has decided that every unit of the State Congress Committee will bear the ticket cost for the journey of every needy laborer and worker to return home and take necessary steps in this regard.”
After the Partition of 1947, the country saw for the first time a shocking view that thousands of workers and workers were forced to return home walking hundreds of kilometers. No ration, no money, no medicines, no means, but only the commitment to return back to the village.
Every mind trembled by thinking of their agony and then every Indian appreciated his determination. But what is the duty of the country and the government? Even today, lakhs of workers want to go back home from different corners of the whole country, but there is no means, nor money. The sad thing is that the Government of India and the Ministry of Railways are charging rail travel fare in these times of difficulty for these toiling people. ‘
She also said, ‘Workers are ambassadors of nation building. When we consider Indians stranded abroad as our duty and can bring them back free of cost by airplanes, when we get 100 crores from government treasury in only one program of Gujarat. Can spend on transport and food, etc., when the Ministry of Railways invests 151 crore in the Prime Minister’s Corona Fund. Can give them, then why can’t these flag bearers provide free rail travel facilities in this hour of disaster? ‘
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, ‘The Indian National Congress has repeatedly raised the demand for this free train journey of the toiling workers and workers. Unfortunately neither the government heard nor the railway ministry. Therefore, the Indian National Congress has decided that every unit of the State Congress Committee will bear the ticket expenses for the journey of every needy laborer and worker to return home and take necessary steps in this regard. This will be the contribution of the Congress in this human service resolution of standing shoulder to shoulder with the working people.