Rlys seeks fare for state spl trains, oppn criticizes government

NEW DELHI: Several opposition members criticized Indian railways on Sunday for asking state governments to pay for the tickets of stranded migrants carried by Shramik's special trains after charging the ticket fare, urging the Center not to put an additional burden on states and already stressed passengers

Although railway officials did not respond to inquiries to formally clear the air, sources said it was up to the issuing state to decide how to pay the amount of the ticket to the railways for the identified individuals. The standard operating procedure issued by the railways read: The local state government the authority will deliver the tickets to the passengers authorized by them and will charge the fare of the ticket and will deliver the total amount to the railways.

“If you are stuck abroad during this COVID crisis this government will fly you back for free but if you are a migrant worker stranded in another state be prepared to cough up the cost of travel. Where did “PM Cares” go?” tweeted NC’s Omar Abdullah . SP’s termed the move as “highly shameful”. minister also said the central government should have paid for their tickets from PM CARES Fund. Earlier CM had urged the Centre to reconsider its decision.

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