Congress will bear transportation charges for migrant workers if state govt cannot afford it: Ibobi

Congress will bear transportation charges for migrant workers if state govt cannot afford it: Ibobi

Cabinet to take concrete decision on bringing in stranded Manipuris

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Congress on Wednesday said that they will bear the transportation charges for the stranded migrant workers if the BJP led Government in the state cannot afford the expense.

Addressing reporters at his Babupara quarter, Congress legislative party leader Okram Ibobi said that Indian National Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi has announced that Congress party would bear the transportation charges for the poor migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country and advised all the State Pradesh Congress committees in the country to bear the transportation expenses for the migrant workers in their respective states. As such, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has also decided to bear the transportation expenses.

Okram Ibobi said that party national chief Sonia Gandhi has advised MPCC to bear the transportation charges for the Manipuri migrant workers, students stranded in different parts of the country due to COVID-19 outbreak. With the Centre and State governments having failed to come out with a concrete policy for the migrant workers and students stranded in different areas, Congress has adopted such a decision to help the needy people in such crucial times.

Failure of the state Government to come out with a clear cut policy on COVID-19 precautionary measures  have confused the people. Chief Secretary will issue one order today. Then, Additional Secretary (Home) will again issue another order tomorrow. Government should make a proper policy to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and put it in the public domain. Who will bear the transportation charges for the stranded Manipuris living outside for returning home? Will they bear it themselves?, Ibobi questioned.

He said that State Government has recently decided to bring back the Manipuris stranded in different parts of the country. 84 stranded Manipuris have been brought back home from Manipur Bhavan, Guwahati. Government also decided to keep the returnees in different community quarantine centres set up in different localities for 14 days. However, Government has not declared any clear policy as to who would bear the expenses towards fooding and lodging of the returnees in the quarantine centres, Ibobi said.

Demanding that Government should announce its concrete decision whether it would bear the expenses or the stranded migrant workers will bear by themselves, Ibobi said that if the Government can’t afford, Congress will bear the expenses by raising necessary fund for the purpose.

To help the stranded migrant workers, Congress has opened helpline numbers. People can contact the following helpline numbers – Imphal west ( MLA Kh Joykishan, Phone no.8014485993), Imphal East (MLA Th Lokeshwor – 878734660), Bishnupur (MLA K Govindas – 9436892005/9560069977), Kakching (MLA K Ranjit – 7628054615), Thoubal (MLA K Meghachandra – 9862588231), Senapati (DD Thaisi – 9436035497), Tengnoupal (D Korungthang – 8414017376), Tamenglong & Noney (Thuijingam – 8974824636), Kangpokpi (Yamthong Haokip – 9436892022), Churachandpur & Pherzawl (Dr Chatlton Amo – 9366059574), Ukhrul & Kamjong (Alfred Arthur – 9612001735).

On the other hand, a meeting of the State Consultative Committee for COVID-19 was held today to discuss on the prevailing situation in the State after relaxation of the lockdown and issues of bringing in stranded Manipuris from all over the country. Decisions will be taken at the Cabinet Meeting being convened tomorrow, sources said.

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