Free bus ride for migrant workers from Karnataka home

BENGALURU: Stung by the opposition Congress's accusation of mistreating the return of migrant workers to their birthplace in the state, the Karnataka government offered to transport them home for free from Bangalore and other cities, it said on Sunday. An official.

Migrant workers stranded in cities like Bengaluru will not be charged the fare for traveling on state buses to their hometown across the state until Tuesday, the official from the chief minister's office here told IANS.

The unit earlier in the day presented the Rs 1 rupee check to the managing director of Karnataka State Road (KSRTC) to pay the cost of transporting stranded migrant workers from Bangalore to their home for free as they had no job or salary.

In a damage control exercise, the state prime minister B S Yediyurappa On Saturday, he ordered the KSRTC to charge a one-time fee for transporting migrant workers to their home and not to charge back and forth, as the state would bear its operating cost.

In a related development, chief minister B S Yediyurappa advised the migrant laborers to maintain social distancing at the intra-state and inter-state bus terminal in the city center, wear mask and be hygienic.

With even more relaxed blockade rules, the state government has allowed migrant workers in cities across the southern state to return to their hometown on special buses within the state and special trains to other states since Saturday.

According to the state department of labor, about 2 lakh of migrant workers have been stranded in relief camps in cities and border areas across the state, with 80,000 of them in this technological city because bus and train services were suspended since March 25 due to closure.