Jharkhand CM denies the statement of the railways, says that 50 trains have already arrived in the state

RANCHI: Refuting claims that it has only approved 48 'Shramik Special' trains, the chief minister said Friday that the state has not issued any Certificate of Objection (NOC) for 110 trains, and 50 of them have already arrived in the state. .

In a video message posted on Twitter, the railway minister on Thursday asked the Jharkhand prime minister to provide NOC with more trains so that stranded migrant workers can reach their homes.

Responding to Goyal's video message, Soren tweeted: Honorable Minister of Railways, it seems that your office is not informing you adequately. We have given NOC 110 trains, of which 50 have arrived in the state and bring 60,000 migrants.

Rail officials in New Delhi said Jharkhand, a state governed by a JMM-led coalition, has only approved 48 trains, while the number is 487 for Uttar Pradesh, 254 for Bihar, and 79 for Madhya Pradesh.

Denying the claims, the Jharkhand prime minister said he has reiterated time and time again his commitment to bring home all stranded workers in the state.

He has urged Goyal to provide additional trains for Jharkhand so that more and more immigrants can return to the state.

Currently only four to six trains arrive in Jharkhand every day, which is not enough to bring seven lakhs of state migrant workers back, Soren tweeted.

He also said that the state government wrote to the Center for the authorization of two flights rented four days ago to bring back 319 workers trapped on the Andaman and Nicobar islands, but so far has received no response.

FOUR days have passed and we are still waiting for the necessary authorizations/NOC from @PIBHomeAffairs to start the process. Jharkhand Govt will bear the cost of the flights to Ranchi, if MHA allows it. We need a human approach now and let's be sensitive to those who have faced the worst, Soren said in another tweet.

Flights will also be deployed to bring stranded people back out of the country and permission from the Interior Ministry has been requested, according to a CMO statement.