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Rly ferries around 36 lakh migrants in 2,600 Shramik Special trains since May 1

The Railways has ferried around 32 lakh migrant workers on board 2,570 Shramik Special trains since May 1, according to official data. The Railways also said that over the next 10 days, it will operate 2,600 more trains ferrying 36 lakh migrant workers home, Chairman Railway Board V K Yadav said. The Shramik Special trains are being operated primarily on the requests of the states, which want to send migrant workers to their home states. The Railways is bearing 85 per cent of the total cost of running each of the trains while the rest is being borne by the states in the form of fares. According to data with the Railways, Uttar Pradesh (1,246) has received the highest number of Shramik Special trains, followed by Bihar (804) and Jharkhand (124) and Madhya Pradesh (112). Among the originating states, Gujarat (759) has used the most services to send migrant workers home, followed by Maharashtra (483) and Punjab (291). The coronavirus-triggered lockdown has had a devastating impact on

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