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Hemant corners Piyush

The chief minister categorically demanded more trains
Migrant labourers of Jharkhand stand in queue at Golf Ground in Dhanbad after arriving from Surat in Gujarat.

Vijay Deo Jha   |   Ranchi   |   Published 15.05.20, 11:57 PM

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, the first in the country to seek trains to ferry migrants, has contested with statistics railway minister Piyush Goyal’s claim in the media that the eastern state was among those reluctant to give permission to the trains.

“We so far have issued no-objection certificates for 110 trains, out of which 50 trains have already arrived, carrying around 50,000 to 60,000 labourers back to their homes,” JMM leader Hemant tweeted, adding that the Union minister seemed to have been not briefed properly.

Pointing out that only four to six trains were reaching Jharkhand every day, the chief minister categorically demanded more trains.

Hemant had sought trains within a few hours of the Centre allowing migrants to travel on April 29. The Centre was initially in favour of the migrants travelling by buses, and gave in only after pressure from states.

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