Operation Shubh Yatra - Shramik Trains Bringing Back Odia Migrant Workers

Bhubaneswar: In continuation with the Operation Subh Yatra, where migrant workers are being sent back to their native places from their places of work, several trains are set to bring them back to Odisha from Mumbai, Surat, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

A special train with 1133 Odia returnees stranded in Mumbai reached Jagannathpur railway station in Ganjam district of Odisha today morning. Today’s arrival marks the return of almost 40,000 migrants by more than 20 Shramik trains and 283 buses. From the railway station, they were escorted in buses to the Temporary Medical Camps in their respective districts. Several senior officials were present at the railway station and coordinated the arrival, screening, food and transportation. A medical team was also present to undertake the necessary medical examination.

However, another Shramik train carrying 1202 Odia migrant labourers from Surat arrived at Jagannathpur Station yesterday. Out of the total returnees, 1152 are from Ganjam district, 25 are from Jajpur, nine from Bhadrak, six from Nayagarh, four from Balasore, three from Puri and two from Kandhamal districts. After the primary screening, they were sent to their respective districts by buses and four-wheelers. All of them are in quarantine centres in their respective districts. 

Despite the rapid rise in the number of positive cases in our state, the decision to bring back lakhs of migrant workers stranded in other states may go right. However, it is certainly better to bring them back only through the train and put them up on quarantine for the mandated period rather than allowing them for a free run which could have proved disastrous.