Bollywood actors have expressed their displeasure over the reports of the Indian Railways asking the jobless migrant workers, who are stuck in different parts of the country due to the lockdown and want to reach their home, to bare the expense of train tickets. Many on social media urged the BJP government to provide free train travel.  

Bengaluru Police distribute sanitary pads to migrant women
Bengaluru police distribtued sanitary pads to 30,000 women living in migrant camps across the city.(Source: Twitter/@DCPSouthBCP)

B-Town Celebs Demand
This comes in the wake of the news that many migrants, most of whom are daily wage labourers rendered jobless owing to the current lockdown, have to pay for train tickets in order to travel to their hometowns.

Javed Akhtar: Since the govt of Indian and its states have decided to charge the unemployed starving homeless and helpless migrant worker for the railway ticket. Let some credible NGO raise funds to help these migrant workers to pay for their travel. We all will donate for this cause.

Ritesh Deshmuk: We as a country should bear the cost of migrants going back to their homes. Train services should be free. They (Labourers) are already burdened with no pay & no place to stay compounded with the fear of #covid19 infection.

Javed Akhtar
Javed AkhtarTwitter

Sonu Sood: I feel the travel of all migrants to their respective homes should be totally free. Infact they should be given some money so that when they reach their homes atleast they have something to survive for a day or two. Free trains & busses should run from every state.

Adil Hussain: "Railway is Asking Fares from migrant workers to transport them back home. I would urge you to waive off their fares completely and provide them with food for the whole journey. Also help them to reach their respective villages after they reach the nearest station @RailMinIndia."

Sandhya Mridul: "Making the migrants pay is ok. Actually why take the train? As long they walk under the flowers they are blessed. #Unbelievable #PMCaresFunds."

Ranvir Shorey:: "Planes showering petals, instead of free trains for poor migrants. New Parliament building, instead of MPs that work. Jaane bhi do, yaaron.. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia @RailMinIndia"