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Why can’t migrants travel for free, asks Priyanka Gandhi

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New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) After announcing that it will bear the cost of railway tickets for migrant workers, the Congress has launched an all out attack on the government.

Taking a dig at the ruling dispensation, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said that if the government can spent Rs 100 crore for the “Namaste Trump” event and the Railway Minister can donate Rs 151 crore to the PM-CARE fund, why the same reciprocity can’t be shown for the distressed migrants.

She also said that people have been evacuated from foreign locations free of cost, so why charge the migrants for train tickets. “Labourers are nation builders, but today they are forced to stumble here and there which is causing pain,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

“When we can evacuate people from foreign lands using planes, spend Rs 100 crore in Namaste Trump and Rail Minister can donate Rs 151 crore to PM-CARE fund, then why in this distressed time labourers are not allowed to travel free,” she added.

She said that the Congress has decided to take care of the expenses of those returning home.

Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi said in a statement, “The Congress has taken a decision that every Pradesh Congress Committee (state unit) shall bear the cost for the rail travel of every needy worker and migrant labourer and shall take necessary steps in this regard.”

“This will be the Congress’ humble contribution to the service of our compatriots and to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with them,” she said.

Her remarks came amid the reports that the migrants were being charged for their travel by trains to their respective states.

The Railways has said earlier that it was charging the state governments for the ‘Shramik’ special train tickets.

The Railways also clarified that the Shramik special trains are meant for “nominated people” identified and registered by the state governments and the Railways will not issue ticket to any individual or entertain any request from any group.

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Barricades to open on Jan 26 as police allow Tractor Rally

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The Delhi Police on Sunday said that after several round of talks with the farmers groups, it has permitted the tractor rally inside Delhi on January 26.

Police has said that the barricades would be lifted at Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur borders on January 26 after the Republic Day parade is over and the farmers would be allowed to enter upto 100 kilometers within Delhi with their tractors in a circular path on the routes discussed with the farmers.

The route specified is from Singhu Border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Kanjhawala, Bawana to Auchadi. From Tikri border, it will be to Nangloi, Najafgarh, Jharoda, Dhansa, Badli and the KMP and from Gazipur border to Apsara border to Hapur Road.

“We have told the farmers that the rally would start once the Republic Day parade is over. We expect with the cooperation of the farmers the rally would be peaceful,” Special Commissioner of Police, Intelligence, Deependra Pathak, said.

However, the police said that they are on alert after intelligence inputs that various Twitter handles operating from across the border are active to disrupt the rally on January 26.

“According to our intelligence input, 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the rally to create disturbance. We are also concerned about the security of the rally given the threat perception,” he added.

Meanwhile, several batches of farmers from Punjab and Haryana set out on their tractor-trolleys and other vehicles to take part in the proposed tractor rally on January 26 in the national capital. Tractor-trolleys have now become a common sight at the Singhu border as the farmers have started bringing in the tractors to the protest site from villages in Punjab for the proposed rally.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been protesting at multiple border points of Delhi at Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur borders since November-end. They are demanding a repeal of the three central farm laws passed by Parliament in September last year.

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Soldier injured in Pak ceasefire violation succumbs

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An Army soldier injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan on the Line of Control in J&K’s Rajouri district, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

An Indian Army statement said, “Pakistan Army had resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the LoC in Sunderbani sector of J&K on January 18 which was responded to strongly by our own troops.”

“In the incident, Naik Nishant Sharma of 10 JAK RIF was critically injured and was under treatment at the command hospital.

“Today the soldier succumbed to injuries. Naik Nishant Sharma was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”

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CBI arrests labour official in TN in bribery case

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 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Sunday that it had arrested a Regional Labour Commissioner on the charge of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000.

P Sivarajan, posted as Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) in Madurai, was held along with a private person N Murali after the CBI laid a trap on Saturday and caught them with the bribe amount.

A case was registered after a complaint that Sivarajan was demanding undue advantage from Murali, representing a private company, for issuing labour licence.

Searches were conducted at five places in Chennai and Madurai (Tamil Nadu), including the residence and offices of the accused, said the CBI.

Both the accused were produced in the court of Principal Special Judge for CBI cases, Chennai, and remanded to judicial custody till February 4.

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