Seven buses carrying 158 Kashmiri labourers to leave for Valley on Saturday: Shimla former mayor

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Shimla: Seven private buses carrying 158 migrant workers from Kashmir would leave for the Valley on Saturday as these workers are stranding in this capital town due to lock-down since last month, the former Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation Sanjay Chauhan said.
He said that state administration informed on Thursday that it had decided to provide the permissions to all the stranded migrant Kashmiri workers who was staying in Jama Masjid Shimla since last one month.
He said that CPI(M) legislator Mr Rakesh Singha also held a protest outside the DC office Shimla in Tuesday seeking provision for free ration or permission of transport of them as most of them wanted to go back to valley on the occasion Ramzan month.

He said that Kashmiri workers on Friday hired seven private buses which will transport them two valley tomorrow at 900 hrs.
Mr Chauhan said that state administration expected to announce to send them in HRTC Buses but they have to ask them to make their own arrangement there fore 158 Kashmiri labour decided to hire Pvt Buses and each bus having seating capacity of 32 seats each.
He said that each workers have to pay Rs 2000 to return back as they have to follow or pay for social distancing in the buses and each of them could carry half number of people to seating capacity.
Terming the state government ”highly discriminatory toward the Kashmiri workers”, he pointed out that 109 state students( who could afford to pay Rs 30 to 50 lakh coaching fee at Kota were arranged 12 HRTC Buses also left for Rajasthan on Friday to bring them back to Himachal Pradesh.
He said that it was after the strong protest by party former secretary Mr Rakesh Singha raised the issue emphatically after sitting on Dharna outside Deputy commissioner Shimla office for 24 hrs to demand them ration and safe travels to the valley forcing the state government to agree for permission.
District administration also signed an agreement with Mr Singha that ample food items and safe travels would be ensured to them back to valley, Mr Chauhan said.
He said that Kashmiri workers arrive in the state for their livelihood in the extreme winter and were engaged for timber cutting and ‘Kher’ green felling by the contractors.
Mr. Chauhan said that many of them were staying in temporary shelters or tents and are workless for last one month who wanted to return home on the occasion of holy Ramzan month.