New Delhi: The All India Railwaymen’s Federation on Thursday wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi asking her to refrain from indulging in “petty politics” over the fare of Shramik Special trains. They said that they charged money to avoid overcrowding at stations.
“I request not to destabilise a good system which is enabling migrants to return home in 115 special trains because of petty momentary political gains,” AIRF general secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra said in the letter to the Congress president.
Overcrowding at railway stations could lead to the spread of coronavirus, he said.
The Opposition had accused the government for charging money from the labourers.
However, the government had clarified that 85 per cent of the fare is being borne by the Railways and 15 per cent by the respective states on whose request a train is being run.