Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has said that due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the state government daily runs Special Shramik Trains from the various railway stations of the state

Chandigarh, May 25 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has said that due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the state government daily runs Special Shramik Trains from the various railway stations of the state to send the migrant workers from Haryana to their home states. In this series, six Special Shramik Trains are being sent from Haryana. Similarly, the labourers of neighbouring states are also being sent to their home states through buses.

He said that so far 2.90 lakh migrant labourers have been sent from Haryana to their home states through 77 Special Shramik Trains and 5,500 buses. In addition, a total of 11,534 persons have returned to Haryana from different states. He said that realizing the difficulties of these migrant labourers the Haryana government has made arrangements to send them to their home states free of cost.

More than 7700 wiling migrant labourers boarded five Special Shramik Trains which left from Ambala, Faridabad, Panipat and Gurugram for their home states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Manipur today. Similarly, a train carrying more than 1300 migrant workers will leave from Kalka late tonight.

He said that despite diversity, we are citizens of the same country and with this sentiment and thought Haryana Government has started sending labourers stranded in lockdown and labourers who were willing to return to their home states free of cost. The Chief Minister said that all Indians living in any part of the country are one and it is the responsibility of all of us as Indians to alleviate their sufferings, he added.

Today, 1,598 migrant lobourers from Ambala to Muzaffarpur (Bihar) and 1,560 migrant labourers to Barauni (Bihar), 1,570 migrant labourers from Faridabad to Katihar (Bihar), 1,600 labourers from Panipat to Ranchi (Jharkhand) and 1,400 migrant labourers from Gurugram left for Jiribam (Manipur). The train carrying About 1,300 migrant labourers from Kalka will leave later tonight.

Train from Gurugram to Manipur to Jiribam

From Gurugram railway station today, the Special Shramik Train carrying 1,400 migrants left for a place called Jiribam in Manipur. The train left at 6.00 pm. This train will go to Manipur via Guwahati. Before boarding the train their health check up was conducted at the railway station and their hands were sanitized. They were also provided food and water. They were give tickets free of cost as they sat in the train. The district administration provided them with food and water for their home journey. Every migrant has been given a medical fitness certificate after a thorough health check-up. It was ensured also that social distancing norms are followed.

Two trains from Ambala to Muzaffarpur and Barauni in Bihar -

Two Special Shramik Trains left from Ambala Cantonment railway station, today, with 1,598 migrant labourers to Muzaffarpur in Bihar and 1,560 labourers to Barauni. The train going to Muzaffarpur willalso go to other districts of Bihar Darbhanga, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Purnia, West Champaran, East Champaran. Apart from Ambala, the migrant labourers sent to Muzaffarpur are migrants brought from Naraingarh, Mulana, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Jind.

Train from Kalka to Katihar in Bihar

Migrant labourers from Raipur Rani, Ramgarh, Barwala, Sector-15 were brought by 45 buses for Kalka railway station. After this, they will be sent by a train to Katihar. Around 1,300 migrant labourers hailing from Chhapra, Motihari, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Supaul, Siwan, Araria, Purnia, Saharsa, Khagaria, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Patna etc. will be sent by this train to Katihar.

Train from Faridabad to Katihar in Bihar-

Today about 1570 migrant labourers have been sent by train from Faridabad railway station to Katihar (Bihar). So far, more than 300 buses and six trains have been sent from Faridabad to various states and districts across the country to carry migrant labourers to their home states. The train departed today will go to Katihar, Bihar.

Train from Panipat to Ranchi in Jharkhand-

Today about 1600 migrant labourers were sent from Panipat to Ranchi in Jharkhand by Special Shramik train. Migrant labourers from Jind, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Rohtak, Gurugram and Panipat have been sent to Ranchi through this train. All of them were brought to the railway station by the deployed buses from various shelter homes. Today, while sending the migrant labourers by Special Shramik train from Panipat junction, various social organizations of Panipat wished them a happy and safe journey.

Facilities provided to migrant labourers.

Migrant labourers were brought from the shelter homes to the railway station by roadways buses. All necessary arrangements were made before the migrant labourers were sent to their home state. On one hand the railway platform was being frequently cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, on another hand, before boarding the train, the hands of each migrant worker were sanitized and food, water was also provided to them. These migrant labourers have been provided free train tickets as well as other facilities, so that migrant workers do not face any problem on the way. Social distancing of labourers was ensured inside the train compartments.

Happiness on the faces of migrant labourers.

During this time there was an expression of happiness in the migrant labourers as they were heading to their home states. While boarding the train, they were thanking the Haryana government.

At the same time, Rajesh, who was going to Ranchi from Panipat, said that he used to work in thread company but due to the lockdown, work in his company was reduced, so he decided to return to his home state. His wife Gudiya also used to work with him. They told that they would come back to work after the lockdown. Similarly, Prem Pandit, a resident of Periya village in Giridih district of Jharkhand, told that he was going to his home due to Corona virus. The people here have provided food and water at the time of crises. They will always remember the government's arrangement of sending them to their home states.

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As per the commitment of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal to send back the willing labourers to their home states, 2.90 lakh such labourers have so far been sent to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, North Eastern states

Chandigarh May 25: As per the commitment of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal to send back the willing labourers to their home states, 2.90 lakh such labourers have so far been sent to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, north eastern states and other states of the country by 77 trains and 5,500 buses. An expenditure of over Rs 10 crore has been made on the transportation of migrant labourers in a safe and systematic manner.

While stating this here today, ADGP CID Mr Anil Rao who is also the Nodal Officer for coordinating with other States for ensuring the safe transportation of labourers under a special campaigns Code named as ‘Operation Sanvedna’ said that the migrant labourers who have been sent to their respective states also included those of neighbouring states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Mr Rao said that as per the directions of Chief Minister, the entire expenditure on the transportation of the willing migrant labourers are being made through the Haryana Corona Relief Fund set up to combat Covid-19 Pandemic. He said that it is the result of the decision well taken in time by the Chief Minister that migrant labourers in such a large number have been sent to their home states free of cost.

He said that now only about 15,000 labourers are left in the State who are willing to return and for them arrangement of trains and buses have been made in adequate numbers. Today also, arrangement of 100 buses have been made but only 15 buses have left to the other States due to less number of migrant labourers. He said that after the resumption of economic and industrial activities in Haryana, large number of migrant labourers and workers have opted to stay back here and started working in the industrial establishments as earlier.

Mr Rao, however, clarified that since number of willing migrants are less so bus and train service to other States would continue till May 27, 2020 and labourers willing to return to their home States could contact nodal officers and district administration of their respective areas. Trains would be sent to Jharkhand and Bihar in the days to come, he added. However, on 27th May there will be deliberation for any furtherance of special trains and bus services. Normal Bus and train services are being resumed in the state.

He said that the State Government is committed to send every willing migrant labourer back to their home state. He said that some migrants from Manipur located Delhi had also contacted the Haryana Government. Following which, they were brought to Gurugram and from where they have been sent to Manipur by a train from Gurugram today on government expenditure.

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Today, train carrying 1400 migrant labourers destined to Jiribam in Manipur started from Gurugram.

Chandigarh, May 25- Today, train carrying 1400 migrant labourers destined to Jiribam in Manipur started from Gurugram. In this train everything was as normal as it was in other trains carrying the migrant labourers except an initiative by the small children of Gurugram that moved all the hearts at the station.

Mahi Jeph and her brother Aarav Jeph reached the station with toys, biscuits and chocolates for the toddlers travelling in train. Officials at the station helped these children in accomplishing this wonderful gesture of humanity.

Mahi, studying in class ten and her brother Aarav studying in class VI at The Shri Ram School (Aravali) Gurugram has not taken the money to purchase these items from their parents. Surprisingly, the duo broke open the piggy bank (gullak) meant to keep their savings, to purchase these toys and chocolates for the babies travelling in the train. The duo broke open the piggy bank and spent about Rs.10,000 to purchase toys, biscuits and chocolates for the small children starting their long journey. The gifts were enough to make over 100 children travelling in the train to Manipur happy.

Mahi and Arav were so excited to hand over the gifts to the travelling children that they reached at 4.30 pm on station for the train that was scheduled to leave at 6pm. Many of the passengers were seen wiping their tears on seeing the gesture of love and humanity of these children.

Prior to sitting in train, the passengers had to go through a medical test. They were asked to sanitise their hands before being offered lunch and water. Thermal scanning was done for all the passengers and masks were provided. The travel was free of cost for these migrant labourers. Deputy Superintendent Civil Defence and Tehsildar of Wazirabad Manish Yadav himself distributed food packets to the passengers. They were also given snacks, biscuits, face masks, soap and other essentials for the travel.

SDM Badshahpur Hitendra Sharma was also present on the railway station. He informed that the protocol set for the process of sending migrant laboureres by train or bus is being fully followed. It is also ensured that the norms of social distancing are also maintained.

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Haryana Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker, Mr. Ranbir Singh Gangwa today handed over cheques worth Rs one lakh each to the panchayats of 11 villages of Hisar district on the behalf of state government for carrying out sanitization and cleanliness in the respective villages.

Chandigarh, May 25- Haryana Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker, Mr. Ranbir Singh Gangwa today handed over cheques worth Rs one lakh each to the panchayats of 11 villages of Hisar district on the behalf of state government for carrying out sanitization and cleanliness in the respective villages.

He handed over cheques of Rs one lakh each to the Sarpanches of villages: Bure, Charnaund, Chidod, Mangali Aklan, Mangali Jhara, Mangali Mohabat, Mangali Surtiya, Rawat Khera, Gawad, Panihar Chak and Rawalwas Khurd in Hisar district. He also took information from the Sarpanches about the measures taken to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in the village.

He said that adequate arrangements have been made by the State Government to prevent transmission of Corona across the State. He said that it is very necessary to spread awareness among the people to apply face masks while stepping out of the home, to frequently wash hands and maintain social distancing.

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Haryana Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department has taken an important decision in the interest of farmers so that they can apply for availing the benefit of subsidy on the farm equipments in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chandigarh, May 25– Haryana Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department has taken an important decision in the interest of farmers so that they can apply for availing the benefit of subsidy on the farm equipments in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giving information about this, an official spokesman of the department said that without obtaining a permit, the farmers who have not availed the subsidy on agriculture equipment for last four years and those who have registered tractors (only for tractor driven agricultural equipment) can upload the purchased equipment bill, e-bill, photo of agricultural machine and self-declaration (including the signature of the dealer and farmer in the format available on the portal) by June 15, 2020 on the departmental site, www.agriharyanacrm.com.

He further informed that the farmers applying in reserved category will have to keep documents such as SC certificate, Aadhar card copy, PAN card, online application receipt, self declaration, bank copy and tractor registration copy, etc ready with them for availing additional benefits under that category. When the physical verification of the purchased equipment will be done by the department, then these documents will have to be submitted. If any deficiency or incorrect information is found in the documents, then the concerned farmer will not be eligible for the subsidy.

The spokesman said that the farmers, who have applied online from February 20 to February 29, 2020 to avail subsidy on agricultural equipment on the portal of the department, their applications (except laser land leveler's application) have been accepted. He informed that the farmers can contact the office of Deputy Director Agriculture/Assistant Agriculture Engineer in their district for more information.

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Even during the global pandemic of COVID-19, elaborate arrangements have been made in the mandis and purchase centres for the procurement of farmers' produce: JP DALAL.

Chandigarh, May 25 - Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Animal Husbandry Minister Mr. JP Dalal said that even during the global pandemic of COVID-19, elaborate arrangements have been made in the mandis and purchase centres for the procurement of farmers' produce. As a result, nearly six lakh farmers have reached the procurement centres and mandis to sell their produce. Besides this, proper arrangements have also been made to prevent the spread of corona virus in the mandis and procurement centres

Mr. Dalal said that today the entire world is tackling with the COVID-19 crisis, but due to the visionary thinking and timely announcement of lockdown by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, the situation in India is still under control. Despite limited resources, India is in a better position as compared to other countries of the world. By giving the special relief package the government has taken good care of the farmers and labourers.

He said that despite the lockdown the government did not let farmers face any kind of problem, be it harvesting or arrangements for selling crops in mandis. He said that other than mandis, the government has also established procurement centres so that farmers do not have to travel far to sell produce.

Agriculture Minister said about 8.25 lakh metric tonne of mustard and 73 lakh metric tonnes of wheat have been procured. The farmers are happy in the state by the efficient arrangements of procurement.

He said that an ambitious scheme called 'Mera Pani Meri Virasat' has been started for water conservation, which will save water for future generations. Under this scheme, the farmers are being made aware to diversify their crops from paddy to alternate crops which consume less water. For this, good quality seeds and the benefit of subsidies are given to the farmers. He said that it is the effort of the government that sufficient water supply reaches every house and field.

He said that the Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) scheme implemented by Prime Minister Mr. Modi will definitely promote animal husbandry. About three lakh such cards will be made in the state, which will directly benefit the livestock farmers. Loans will be provided at concessional interest rates without any guarantee to them. He urged all the farmers to adopt animal husbandry, horticulture, fisheries and crop processing alongwith agriculture to raise their income.

He said that proper arrangements are being made by the Agriculture Department to protect the crops from locust and it will be ensured that it doesn’t damage the crops. To overcome the problem of locust, the department has adequate availability of insecticides.

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Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi had taken necessary preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic at its initial stages only:Rattan Lal Kataria

Chandigarh, May 25 – Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Rattan Lal Kataria said that Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi had taken necessary preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic at its initial stages only. He said that the Prime Minister has now announced a stimulus package of Rs 20 lakh crore to provide relief to the public in these difficult times.

The Union Minister said that even before the pandemic, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana has directly benefited the people belonging to poor families. He said that now adequate arrangements are being made to send migrant laborers to their homes states.

The Union Minister said that the government has implemented Nal-Se-Jal Yojana. Under this scheme, water will be supplied through taps to all the houses.

He also said that Mera Pani Meri Virasat Scheme has been launched in the state to conserve water under which the farmers are being made aware to diversify their crops from paddy to other crops consuming less water. This will conserve water for future generations.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, he extended his greeting to the people. He also wished the people on the completion of one year of the second term of the Central Government.

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Haryana Education Minister Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the state government has taken steps to protect the interest of guardians of the school students of the state.

Chandigarh, May 25 – Haryana Education Minister Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the state government has taken steps to protect the interest of guardians of the school students of the state.

He said that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a nationwide lockdown is being implemented due to which all schools were closed. To ensure that education is imparted to school students amid COVID-19 crisis, the Haryana government has started online education. The state government has directed the private schools to refrain from increasing the school fees or changing school books and uniforms owing to the financial constraints arisen due to COVID-19. Also, on the concern of the parents regarding school fees the state government directed the private schools to desist from charging building fund, maintenance fund, admission fees, computer, transport charges etc and just charge the tuition fees instead. He further said that if a guardian is unable to deposit the fees then he can write to the school administration requesting to deposit it in installments later.

Education Minister said that the government and private schools of the state have been permitted to open their administrative offices so that admission, school books and important work can be done.