NEW DELHI: There is strong evidence of “reverse” migration with several Mumbai, Ahmedabad,
, Howrah, Delhi and Secunderabad-bound special mail and express
from states like UP and
The reservation status for these trains from June 26 to June 30 was at 100% with more people on the waiting list, rail ministry data showed, indicating that
who had gone to their homes in the hinterland are returning to cities. The return of these workers augurs well for the economy as businesses reopen, though it means there is a need for more measures to check the spread of Covid-19. Data showed that at least 64 trains on down routes were fully booked.
Reverse journey a relief for industry
Another 11 trains had more than 90% bookings, data showed.
Although the workers were not expected to remain confined to their home states indefinitely because of the “push” factor of backwardness which causes them to move out, their return to the industrialised states so soon after they exited in droves comes as a surprise. Some of the places where they were employed before the
hit the economy remain hobbled by the virus and few industries are working at their full capacity.
Also, with states like UP and Bihar expanding the scope of MGNREGA to create jobs and with the Centre continuing to provide free PDS grains, many expected the workers to prefer the safety of home until the fear of the virus had abated.
The reverse journey would be a relief for industry which had worried about having to deal with labour shortages once economic recovery gained momentum.
The trend emerges at a time when the running of Shramik Special trains has touched an all-time low, with only two trains on Friday.