Migrant workers will be sent to their home States within a week: TN CM   

We had reported how around 60 migrant labourers from Tirupur paid Rs 6,500 each to return to Bihar on private buses from Perumanallur. The news will be a relief to such desperate migrant workers.

Published: 11th May 2020 04:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2020 04:02 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday said 9,000 migrant workers in Tamil Nadu have been sent to their home states in eight trains so far and all efforts are on to send those remaining back too within a week.  

"Till that time, I appeal to the migrant workers to stay in their relief camps," the Chief Minister said in a statement. 

"The Tamil Nadu government has been making coordinated efforts to send the workers who are willing to go back to their home States. This is being done with the consent of the concerned States," Palaniswami added.

The TN CM's assurance will come as a relief to many migrants desperate to get back to their families.

ALSO READ | Tamil news channel staff tested after anchor, video editor found positive for COVID-19

The New Indian Express had reported how around 60 migrant labourers from the textile-exporting city of Tirupur paid Rs 6,500 each to return to Bihar on private buses from Perumanallur on Sunday. 

A police officer had said the workers who left for Bihar were the ones who protested on the Coimbatore-Salem National Highway a few days ago. They were said to have been employed at Nethaji Apparel Park in Avinashi taluk.

"They approached us with their plans and we got them their ePass from the district administration. Since they were desperate to get home, we arranged two buses from a private operator to take them home. The operator demanded Rs 2 lakh for a bus and due to social distancing norms, only 30 people can travel on a bus. The migrants paid Rs 6,500 each and the buses left for Bihar on Sunday evening on a 2,400 km trip," the officer said.


More from Tamil Nadu.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp