New Delhi May 4th
Bollywood actors on Monday took to social media to urge for free train travel for jobless migrant workers returning to their hometowns amid the COVID-19 lockdown. This comes in the wake of the news that many migrants, most of whom are daily wage labourers rendered jobless owing to the current lockdown, have to pay for train tickets in order to travel to their hometowns. “We as a country should bear the cost of migrants going back to their homes. Train services should be free. They (Labourers) are already burdened with no pay & no place to stay compounded with the fear of #covid19 infection,” tweeted Ritesh Deshmukh.
Sonu Sood opined that in addition to bearing their cost of travel, the migrant workers should be given some money so that they can sustain for a few. “I feel the travel of all migrants to their respective homes should be totally free. Infact they should be given some money so that when they reach their homes atleast they have something to survive for a day or two. Free trains & busses should run from every state,” he wrote.
Javed Akhtar tweeted: “Since the govt of Indian and its states have decided to charge the unemployed starving homeless and helpless migrant worker for the railway ticket. Let some credible NGO raise funds to help these migrant workers to pay for their travel. We all will donate for this cause.”