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Maharashtra CM urges centre not to charge migrant workers on humanitarian grounds

The Maharashtra government has also clarified that since Mumbai has many containment zones no train would leave from Mumbai for migrant labourers.

Maharashtra CM urges centre not to charge migrant workers on humanitarian grounds
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has requested the centre to not charge migrant workers and labourers who are travelling to their native places. The Union Home Ministry earlier issued a notification allowing special trains for migrants. 

“These people have no source of income since the last some weeks. Hence, on humanitarian ground, the Centre should not charge them for travelling,” the Chief Minister said.

Nearly five lakh migrant labourers have been provided with food and shelter for 40 days in various facilities by the Maharashtra government but many have expressed that they want to go home in view of the current situation, Thackeray told to the centre on Sunday. 

It has been more than a month since the migrant workers and labourers were left stranded in cities without money and work. The Maharashtra government has also clarified that since Mumbai has many containment zones no train would leave from Mumbai for migrant labourers. 

Those migrants from Mumbai were stopped by the authorities near Igatpuri and Nashik will be allowed to go home on the special trains which are running from Nashik and Bhiwandi. The majority of the migrant workers stranded in Maharashtra are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataka, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Sunday allowed the liquor shops to open, even in red zones which led to people queuing up outside liquor stores in huge numbers. This comes after India has entered the Lockdown 3.0 announced by the centre in the wake of increasing cases of the COVID-19. 

However, five districts in Maharashtra have decided not to permit liquor sale while the state government has allowed the same even in red zones including Mumbai and Pune.

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