PANAJI: The stranded migrant workers in Goa having the financial support to pay for their transit passage to go back home will get transported to their respected states first, as per Michael Lobo, Goa Ports Minister on Thursday, 30 April 2020. It was announced by him that Goa administration would also get in touch with the destination states while trying to appeal to the authorities there to pay for the transit of the migrant workers, who don't have the monetary support to pay their transit.
As per the reports, Lobo said, "The online transit passes for stranded migrant workers will be issued by the Goa administration from Friday. The workers will have to pay for their transit passage. All those who have the money (to buy tickets), we will send them first."
The transit for stranded daily wage workers is a part of the national lockdown relaxation guideline which was recently initiated by the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday, 29 April.
The Goa minister didn't fail to mention that the workers who lack the funds to go home will have District Magistrates in Goa write their analogues in other states, from where the workers belong to fund the transit cost.
Lobo is also an elected legislator from the constituency of Calangute Assembly, renowned nightlife and beach destination. He mentioned that as much as 25,000 migrant workers are trapped in his constituency. They worked as hotel employees, in casinos, water sports facilities and beach shacks,
A database is going to be created by Goa's municipal and Panchayat bodies as per the instruction by the minister, in order to keep track of the stranded workers who are reluctant to go back home.
The minister said, "We are worried about these people. They are just moving around here and there in search of food and groceries. Some of them do not have money. We plan to send them back."