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Maharashtra Spent Rs 100 Crore to Transport 11 Lakh Migrants, Says Minister

A migrant family walks to board train, after a limited reopening of India's giant rail network following a nearly seven-week lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Greater Noida, India, May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A migrant family walks to board train, after a limited reopening of India's giant rail network following a nearly seven-week lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Greater Noida, India, May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said Maharashtra provided railway tickets to labourers besides food packets and other necessary items.

The Maharashtra government has spent Rs 100 crore on transporting more than 11 lakh migrant labourers to their home states without waiting for any Central aid, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said here on Saturday. He said the state government provided railway tickets to labourers besides food packets and other necessary items.

"The central government had assured to provide 85 per cent subsidy (on tickets of labourers travelling out of Maharashtra in 'Shramik' special trains), but the state government didn't wait for the financial aid and spent Rs 100 crore for transporting over 11 lakh migrant labourers," Deshmukh told reporters after chairing a review meeting on COVID-19 situation with officials.

He said citizens of Maharashtra who are facing some specific health issue can now avail of free medical treatment

under the state's 'Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Aargoya Yojana'.

"The government has identified some hospitals across the state where citizens can avail free treatment," the NCP

leader said.

first published:June 06, 2020, 20:23 IST