Press Releases

11 May 2020
11 May 2020

  • Chandigarh, May 11 – While empathizing with the distress of the migrant labourers and workers stranded in the state due to the peculiar conditions created by the global pandemic, COVID-19, the Haryana government has continued the work of sending eager migrant workers to their home states. Today, 1,208 agricultural migrant labourers from Rewari and 1,188 migrant labourers from Ambala Cantonment left by Special Shramik Trains with their families.
  • Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that the contribution of migrant labourers to the progress of the State has been significant; therefore the State Government has started the work of sending the migrant workers stuck in the Haryana during the lockdown period especially those who are willing to go to their home states free of cost through various special trains. The government will make an effort that every willing migrant worker should be sent safely to his home state.
  • As many as 1208 agricultural migrant workers today leave for Bihar from Rewari junction The work of sending migrant workers from Rewari junction to their home state is going on for five consecutive days and today a special train carrying 1208 agricultural migrant workers left for Araria in Bihar. Out of these 1208, 703 migrant workers were from Rewari and 505 were from Mahendragarh district. Workers boarding the ‘Special Shramik train’, which left in the afternoon, were greeted and applauded by the people standing on the platform. They wished them a happy and successful journey.
  • Before boarding the train, a team of doctors conducted health checkups and thermal scanning of each migrant worker and labourer. On the railway junction, adequate arrangements were made for the sanitization of the migrant workers while adhering to the social distancing norms as they stood in queues to board their respective trains. Wheelchairs were arranged for the convenience of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). Tight security arrangements were made at the station by the railway and District Administration. As many as 505 migrant workers from Mahendragarh were brought to Rewari railway junction by Haryana Roadways Buses after undergoing a medical examination.
  • All necessary arrangements made at the railway station Agricultural migrant labourers living in Rewari were brought from the shelter home to the railway station through roadways buses. While on the one hand, the railway platform was repeatedly cleaned with vacuum cleaners on the other it was ensured that every labourer sanitized his hands. Arrangement of food and water was also made for them. Volunteers were deployed to help seat the labourers in their respective coaches so that they did not face any trouble while doing so.
  • Migrant workers term Haryana government seal on the railway ticket, as a kind gesture of Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Hardoi, along with her husband and children had boarded a special train leaving from the Rewari junctions for Araria district in Bihar, said, “Haryana government has done a great favour for us to send us to our home state at the government expenses.”
  • While showing Haryana government seal on the railway ticket, the labourer said that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has arranged free of cost transportation for them so that they can safely reach their home states. The labourers said that they were very grateful to the State Government and doctors for conducting the health check-ups, feeding them at shelter homes, transporting them by Haryana Roadways buses to the railway station, providing them food and water for their onward journey and also giving them masks.
  • 1188 migrant labourers leave from Ambala Cantonment Junction Similarly, today 1188 migrant workers were sent from platform number-3 of Ambala Cantonment Junction to Muzaffarpur (Bihar). The health check-ups of the migrant workers from seven districts were done before boarding the train and they were also provided with masks, food packets, water bottles so that they do not face any trouble in their onward journey.
  • Apart from this, while maintaining social distancing norms, police personnel and railway employees completed the work of sending the migrant workers in their respective coaches. Food arrangements in collaboration with social organizations and railway management were made for everyone. This train will reach Muzaffarpur in about 25 hours via Saharanpur.
  • Expressing his happiness, other migrant workers, Sona Lal, Akhilesh, Jogimaji, and Bechuras said that they were very thankful to the State Government for sending them to their home states free of cost.
  • Thanking the State Government heartily they said that in this hour of crisis, sending the migrant labourers back to their home states in safe and systematic manner is certainly a commendable step. They said that at one point of time, they had left the hope of returning home but they were now really thankful to the Haryana government who had not only taken the responsibility of sending them back but had also taken care of conducting their health-checkups, providing masks and food packets.
  • Echoing the same sentiments, Mukhdev Paswan, Lal Mahmood and Bindu said that they had come to various districts of Haryana for crop harvesting. They also felt indebted towards the State Government for providing them with the facility to go back to their homes. While going home, these migrant labourers were provided with food, masks, and water bottles. Expressing their happiness, they said that on reaching their home state, they will definitely inform the people, including their family about the commendable work done by the Haryana government in this hour of crisis, the State Government has treated us as a family and made adequate arrangements to send them back to their homes.
  • Chandigarh, May 11: Haryana Government has urged the Central Government to authorize the States to take decisions at their own level to resume the the industrial and economic activities in Green, Orange, and Red zones except containment zones. The Central Government has already granted permission to resume these activities in a phased manner.
  • The Chief Minister raised these demands during the meeting presided over by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi with the Chief Ministers of all the states through video conferencing today.
  • The Chief Minister said that in this hour of crisis, the amendments in labour laws should not become a matter of competition among the states. He assured the Prime Minister that all out efforts will be made to bring the GDP rate of Haryana in the second quarter of Financial Year- 2020-21 to the level of the second quarter of the Financial Year 2019-20
  • He thanked the Prime Minister for acceding to his request made during the previous video conference held on April 27, 2020 to end the uncertainty prevailing around the conduct of competitive examinations like Combined Defense Services, JEE, and NEET for admissions into NDA, Engineering Colleges, and Medical Colleges. Expressing concern over the future of the youth, Mr. Manohar Lal once again also urged the Central Government to consider opening schools, colleges, and educational institutions running professional courses with 50 percent limit to maintain social distancing norms.
  • He said the Prime Minister that the documentation of the efforts made by the State Government in the fight against COVID-19 is being done under the guidance of Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA).
  • The Chief Minister said that Haryana has brought about many reforms and launched new schemes during this period. He said that 'Meri Fasal Mera Byora' has been launched under which the farmers provide the details of their crops. Similarly, 'Parivar Pehchaan Patra', 'Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna' and declaring villages free from 'Lal Dora' to give ownership rights to the concerned land owners. He said that this scheme of the State Government was also mentioned by the Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat programme on the occasion of National Panchayati Divas.
  • He said that Haryana has launched 'Mera Pani Meri Virasat' scheme to take forward its earlier scheme 'Jal Hi Jeevan Hai' mission to encourage the farmers to diversify their crops to other alternative crops which grow with less water instead of paddy in paddy growing areas.
  • He said that to provide financial assistance to 5.03 lakh families ranging from Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 under 'Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana', an amount of Rs. 154 crore has been transferred to the accounts of beneficiaries. He informed that the work of Census-2021 which has stopped due to the lockdown and during these days we have conducted the survey work of needs and resources of 25 lakh families through the constitution of 20,000 local committees and have stored this data digitally.
  • He informed that the State Government has issued distress ration tokens to about 3.73 lakh families who did not have any kind of ration card in order to enable them to get free ration. Similarly, about 13.4 lakh families were given the financial assistance of Rs 553 crore by direct transfer into their accounts.
  • The Chief Minister informed that by making changes in the public distribution system, Haryana has removed ineligible beneficiaries. As a result of which the Food Corporation of India now has a surplus of 45,000 Metric Tonnes of foodgrains to be allocated to Haryana. Therefore, Haryana has requested that the Food Corporation of India be directed to use it from May to August to give free ration to families with distress ration tokens.
  • The Chief Minister said that the State Government has taken forward the process of procurement of Rabi crops by maintaining the social distancing norms and till now about 66 lakh metric tonnes of wheat and mustard have been procured and about 15 lakh metric tonnes is further expected to be procured. He said that this will lead to crediting the accounts of farmers with Rs 22,000 crore.
  • The Chief Minister informed that about 24 lakh laborers work in about 35,000 factories in Haryana, out of which 14 lakh industrial workers have returned to work. He said that to overcome the mental stress in the people arising due to lockdown, AYUSH Department has prepared products to increase immunity and these are being distributed free to everyone.
  • On the appeal of the Government, the labourers have been paid their salaries even for the period they haven't worked. Hence, the labourers should be given single salary for working overtime for the same period, the Chief Minister suggested.
  • During the video conferencing, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala, Home and Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. V. Umashankar, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Mr. Vijay Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Health, Mr. Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Mr. T.V.S.N Prasad, Director General of Police, Mr. Manoj Yadava and other senior officers were also present.