After Sonia Gandhi announced that Congress will bear the migrants' train ticket fares, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at the central government for charging migrant workers for rail travel during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Citing a media report, Rahul Gandhi said that the Railways is charging migrants for rail tickets at the same time donating money in the PM-CARES Fund.
In a tweet in Hindi he said, "On the one hand, the Railways is charging ticket fares from labourers stranded in other states, while on the other hand, the Railway Ministry is donating Rs 151 crore to the PM-Cares Fund. Just resolve this puzzle."
His remarks came amid the reports of migrants being asked to pay for their rail tickets. The railways has decided to run the Shramik Special trains to transport the students, labourers, pilgrims and tourists across the country.
Earlier today, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi said that her party will bear the cost for rail travel of every needy migrant worker and labourer to their respective home towns during the lockdown.
Congress president in a statement announced the party's decision and said this would be the Congress' humble contribution in standing shoulder to shoulder with these workers, who are the backbone of the country's economy.