Migrant labourers leaving for Odisha arriving at Aluva railway station (Photo:V. K. Aji)
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac welcomed the central government’s decision to run trains instead of buses to take migrant labourers back to their native states following protests.
Taking to Facebook, Isaac added that the Centre must be ready to bear the expenses of sending the labourers back.
"The Centre must bear the expenses of providing food and medicines for the labourers. Each labourer must be given Rs 7,500 while deboarding from the train. It will only cost Rs 7,500 crore. The Centre must consider it as a penance for ignoring the migrant labourers until now," Isaac said.
According to the Constitution, inter-state and inter-national migration is under the Centre’s list. It is their responsibility. The Centre cannot pass it on to the states, he clarified.