Railways appeal to people with comorbidities, pregnant women to avoid travel

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New Delhi (NVI): Union Ministry of Railway today appealed to people suffering from serious ailments, pregnant women, senior citizens and children below the age of 10 to travel in Shramik Express trains only when it is essential.

The appeal comes after several deaths were reported on these special trains.

Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal, took to twitter in this regard and stated, “I appeal to people suffering from serious ailments, pregnant women & those above 65 years & below 10 years of age to travel only when necessary in Shramik Trains. Railway Parivaar is committed to ensuring safety of all passengers. #SafeRailways”

The railways have been running Shramik special trains on a daily basis throughout the country to ensure that migrants can travel back to their homes since May 1.

“It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravates the risk they face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling have happened,” Railways Ministry stated.

Earlier on Thursday, Supreme Court ordered that train or bus fare will not be charged from migrant workers and the railway fare will be shared by the states.