Ranchi, As a special train from Telengana trundled in at a Jharkhand railway station on Saturday, the 1,200 stuck migrant labourers on board were visibly relieved and happy to be back to their native state, with one of them saying that he would never ever again leave his home for greener pastures in other states.
As the train stopped at the Hatia railway station, these migrants deboarded to be further taken to their respective districts on 60 buses arranged by the Jhakhand government, where they would be quarantined as per the protocol.
Aziz Ansari, a resident of Sasang village in Latehar village, said that he would never leave his state again to earn his livelihood in view of the ordeal he went through due to the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“I don’t want to recall those bad days. Come what may, I will not leave my state again. If the government provides us means of livelihood in our own state, who will wish to leave his home, family, village for earning money?” he remarked.
One migrant worker, who was coming out of the railway station holding a flower and food packet, said he was happy to be back in Jharkhand. He thanked the central and the state government for making arrangements for their return to the state.
He said that though he got food and shelter in Telangana, he felt homesick during the lockdown.
Another migrant, Anwar, said that the migrants were sure that the central and state governments will make arrangements for their return home.
He said that he too missed his family amid the lockdown, adding that board and lodging in Telengana was not up to the mark.
Latehar district’s Gova village resident Nagender Oraon said he was employed as a JCB operator in Telangana.
He told IANS on phone that the stuck labourers survived on rice and lentils given to them during the lockdown. He said he was happy to be home, pointing out that though he could find a job in his home state, the money offered was lesser.