Press Releases

08 May 2020
08 May 2020

  • Chandigarh, May 8: As per the commitment made by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, the migrant labourers keen on returning will be sent to their home states free of cost by the State Government within the next 7 days through 5,000 buses and 100 trains. The entire expenditure on their transportation will be borne by the State Government.
  • While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that while the migrant labourers to Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Eastern Uttar Pradesh will be sent through 100 Special Shramik Trains, such labourers belonging to Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand will be sent by 5,000 buses.
  • He said that after the announcement made by Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal that every stranded migrant labourer will be sent to their home states, 23,452 such labourers have so far been sent to their home states free of cost by various trains and buses arranged by the State Government.
  • He said that 13,347 migrant labourers have been sent to Uttar Pradesh whereas 3,133 migrant labourers have been sent to Uttarakhand and 3,593 migrant labourers to Bihar.
  • Similarly, 2,549 migrant labourers have been sent to Madhya Pradesh, 435 migrant labourers to Rajasthan, 221 migrant labourers to Punjab, 54 migrant labourers to Himachal Pradesh, 46 migrant labourers to Kerala, 32 migrant labourers to Assam, 23 migrant labourers to Maharashtra and 19 migrant labourers to Gujarat.
  • Chandigarh, May 8 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has said that with the objective to provide shelter to destitute animals, especially cows and nandis in Gaushalas, 225 “Pashudhan Sarvekshan Samitis” will be constituted in all blocks of the state soon.
  • The Chief Minister said this during a video conferencing with the Deputy Commissioners, Deputy Directors of Animal Husbandry Department, representatives of Gaurakshak Committees and Gausevaks today. The Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mr. J.P. Dalal and Swami Gyananand Maharaj were also present in the meeting.
  • The Chief Minister said that it is often observed that all the Gaushalas are ready to provide shelter to the cows but no one provides shelter to the nandis. He requested the gaushala representatives to build separate nandishalas for them.
  • The Chief Minister said that these Block Level Committees comprising of five members will be headed by Veterinary Surgeons besides including members of Gauseva Commission, the head of prominent Gaushala in the area and two social workers to be nominated by the Deputy Commissioner. He said that at the district level, these committees will be supervised by Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Department. He added that they will also have the right to increase the number of members from five to six.
  • The Chief Minister also sought information about the number of stray cows and nandis during his interaction with the Deputy Commissioners, Deputy Directors of Animal Husbandry Department, representatives of Gaurakshak Committees and Gausevaks present during the videoconferencing. The Chief Minister said that in rural and urban areas there are a large number of stray animals, especially cows and nandis, that are on the roads and fall sick after consuming polythene and other waste material due to lack of fodder. In rural areas, they cause damage to crops by roaming in the fields and are often the reason for several road accidents.
  • He told the representatives of Gaurakshak Committees and Gausevaks that there are about 600 gaushalas in the state which give shelter to destitute animals especially cows and nandis. The Chief Minister said that the government will not run the Gaushalas but will provide grants to those who run them and will ensure all possible assistance for which Pashudhan Sarvekshan Samiti are being constituted.
  • Mr. Manohar Lal said that the government will provide grant to all the Gaushalas and this amount will be provided according to the proportion of productive and non-productive cattle. He said that according to the resolution passed in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, the Gaushala with less than 33 percent non-productive cattle will not be provided any grant, Gaushala with 33 % – 50 % non-productive cattle will receive a grant of Rs 100 per year per livestock, Gaushala with 51 % – 75 % non-productive cattle will receive a grant of Rs 200 per year per livestock, Gaushala with 76 % – 99 % of non-productive cattle will receive a grant of Rs 300 per year per livestock, Gaushala with 100 % non-productive cattle will receive a grant of Rs 400 per year per livestock. The Chief Minister said that Rs. 500 per livestock per year for Gaushalas or Nandishalas housing only nandis (male) will be given. He said that Rs. 400 per year per livestock will be given to the Gaushalas keeping Nandis and non productive cattle.
  • The Chief Minister said that the first task of these Pashudhan Sarvekshan Samitis is to count the number of animals, especially cows and nandis, both in Gaushalas as well as kept privately at homes in their respective areas, to fix the parameters of productive and non-productive cattle and will have to explore the land requirement for Gaushalas. He said that for fodder the Gaushalas can use the land of the gram panchayats on lease, if the gaushala belongs to the same gram panchayat, then an amount of Rs 5,000 per acre per year will be charged and if it belongs to another Gram Panchayat then Rs 7000 per acre per year will be charged. The Chief Minister said that if required, the Urban Local Bodies Department will also provide land on the outskirts of the city for Gaushalas and Panchayat Department will provide the land in rural areas.
  • Mr. Manohar Lal said that productive and non-productive cattle will be tagged with different colours. He said that this category can be changed with time as per the productivity of the cattle. He said that all the Veterinary Surgeons will collect the data of the cow and update it online through the common service centres. He said that whether a Gaushala receives government grant or not, it will be mandatory for everyone to register through the Animal Husbandry Department.
  • The meeting was attended by Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr. V. Umashankar, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Mr. Raja Shekhar Vundru, Principal Secretary, Panchayat and Development Department, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Director General of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Department Dr. O.P. Chhikara were present.
  • Chandigarh, May 8 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has said that the State Government is committed to help the migrant labourers keen on returning to their home states and in this series, about 2520 migrant labourers in three Special Shramik Trains have been sent to Bihar and about 1200 migrant labourers to Madhya Pradesh free of cost.
  • He said that the Haryana Government has taken the initiative to send migrant labourers stranded due to the lockdown and willing to return to their homes at the expenditure of the State Government by Special Shramik Trains and buses. He 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. Apart from this, these migrant labourers have also significantly contributed in the progress of Haryana.
  • Train departed from Rewari to Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) -
  • For the second day in a row a Special Shramik Train departed from Rewari Junction for Sagar in Madhya Pradesh today carrying 1122 migrant labourers who were staying in district Rewari and 78 staying in Panipat district after proper health check up. Norms of social distancing were maintained.
  • Train departed from Rohtak to Katihar (Bihar)
  • Similarly, 1204 migrant labourers have been sent on the Special Shramik Train from Rohtak to Katihar (Bihar). The passengers on this train include 42 from Yamunanagar, 280 from Kurukshetra, 26 from Karnal, 163 from Sonipat, 37 from Palwal, 308 from Rohtak, 341 from Gurugram, and 7 migrant labourers from Panipat. All the laborers belong to Araria, Katihar, Madhepura, Purnia, Saharsa and Supol in Bihar.
  • The train departed from Ambala to Bhagalpur (Bihar)
  • On the other hand, about 1316 migrant labourers were sent to Bhagalpur (Bihar) from platform number three of Ambala Cantt. These include migrant labourers from Khagadia, Munger, West Champaran, Begusarai and Bhagalpur districts of Bihar. They were given free tickets and were made to sit in the train following social distancing norms.
  • These include labourers who were staying in Ambala, Jind, Narnaul, Faridabad, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Sonipat, Hisar, Dadri, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Hansi, and Mewat, where they had come to harvest wheat and were stranded due to the lockdown. The train carried 85 labourers from Ambala, 173 from Jhajjar, 20 from Karnal, 102 from Narnaul, 12 from Sonipat, 196 from Kurukshetra, 121 from Bhiwani / Tosham, 76 from Rohtak, 404 from Jind, 50 from Charkhi Dadri, 37 from Panipat, 8 from Gurugram, 3 from Yamunanagar, 2 from Faridabad, 3 from Mewat and 24 from Hisar.
  • Facilities are being provided to the migrant labourers by the Haryana Government-
  • Today, circles were marked to ensure compliance of social distancing norms at these railway stations. Masks, sanitizers, and food and drink were also arranged for the migrant labourers at the entrance of the railway station. All these migrant labourers were brought by buses from various districts to the respective railway stations of the State. After the health check-ups of the migrant labourers at the railway station, they were guided by staff members of the concerned administration to their bogies so that social distancing could be maintained.
  • Slogan of “Haryana Sarkar Zindabad” heard in the special trains-
  • After taking their seats in the train, the migrant labourers said with enthusiasm that Haryana Government has made arrangements for their return free of cost. Apart from this, the State Government has also provided water and food packets for the journey. They said that the Haryana Government fulfilled their dream of returning home. The labourers raised the slogan, “Haryana Sarkar achi hai! Haryana Sarkar Zindabad!”
  • The dream of migrant labourers came true
  • The migrant labourers Ram Gopal, Ramsharan, Mohan Paswan, Nirmal Yadav, who reached the Ambala railway station, said that the free arrangement made by the State Government to send them is a commendable step of the State Government and that is why today they are able to return home safely. Similarly, migrant labourers Sunita Devi, Rekha and Sanjay Kumar said that they are being sent safely to their homes, while food and other facilities have also been provided to them so that they do not face any kind of trouble. For this they wholeheartedly thanked the Haryana Government.
  • Chandigarh, May 8 - Everyone loves their home. Despite this, many people have to leave their homes and go to other places in search of livelihood and for making their lives better. But at times the situation becomes such that they face hardship.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in the country, but the entire world, industries and businesses have come to a standstill. Due to the lockdown implemented across the country to overcome COVID-19, those who have been affected the most, are the migrant labourers. In Haryana as well, a large number of migrant labourers came in search of livelihood. Some of them were engaged in factories and some were contributing to the progress of Haryana by joining activities like construction. But during the lockdown, when their livelihood was affected due to the pandemic, the State Government was bound to be worried.
  • In the present scenario, Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has directed the entire Government machinery, including District Administration, that during the lockdown there should be appropriate arrangements for food and shelter for every migrant labourer and no migrant labourer should feel that they are miles away from home. This is the reason that shelter homes were provided in the entire state with adequate arrangements for food and shelter for labourers while at the same time ensuring that our ‘guests’ do not face any difficulty.
  • When the Central Government gave some relaxations in the third phase of the lockdown, and there were possibilities that these labourers could go back home then Haryana Government again proactively arranged for the return of these workers. Further in this sequence, more than 2,400 migrant labourers were sent to Bihar from Hisar railway station by special Shramik trains for two consecutive days. The warm and affectionate manner in which these guests were seen off to their homes by the district administration overwhelmed everyone.
  • On the platform number 1 of Hisar railway station, a migrant labourer was walking towards the platform with his 6-year-old daughter on his shoulder. He was then met by some people at the railway station who gifted the little girl a Barbie doll and some chocolates, thereby, giving the family a warm reason to return to Haryana. A team also gave the worker a packet of food, a bottle of water and a ticket. This pleasant experience deeply touched not only this one worker but every worker who left for Bihar. As soon as the whistle of the train was blown, these workers expressed their gratitude to all the officers and employees for all the arrangements by clapping and waving hands.
  • In fact, Dr. Priyanka Soni, Deputy Commissioner, Hisar, has been instrumental in ensuring best arrangements for workers through the District Red Cross Society. An attempt was made to give them the message that we are concerned about their feelings, their needs and their difficulties. The heartfelt invitation and empathetic behaviour of the administrative officers of the district made all the migrant labourers to think that their connection with Haryana was more than that of an 'employer and labourer'.