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Indian Railways has been running Shramik special Trains on a daily basis throughout the country to ensure that migrants can travel back to their homes.

It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravates the risk they face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling have happened.

?In order to protect the vulnerable persons from COVID-19, in line with Ministry of Home Affairs, Order No 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 17.05.2020, Ministry of Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities (for example – hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, immune deficiency conditions), pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age may avoid travel by rail, except when it is essential.

?Indian Railway parivaar is working 24X7 to ensure that rail services are provided to all the citizens of the country needing to travel. But safety of our passengers is our biggest concern. So, we seek the cooperation of all citizens in this matter. In case of any distress or emergency please do not hesitate to reach out to your railway parivaar and we will help you as always (Helpline number – 139 & 138)


Ministry of Railways 

[Press Release dt. 29-05-2020]

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Ministry of Railways has directed all Railway units to enforce a ban on single-use plastic material, with less than 50-micron thickness from 2nd October, 2019. Emphasis is on making necessary arrangements to minimize the generation of plastic waste and its eco- friendly disposal.

In this regard, the Ministry of Railways has issued a circular stating the following instructions are to be enforced: w.e.f. 02-10-2019:

  1. Ban on single-use plastic material
  2. All railway vendors to avoid the use of plastic carry bags
  3. Staff should reduce, reuse and refuse plastic products and use inexpensive reusable bags to reduce plastic footprint.
  4. IRCTC to implement the return of plastic drinking water bottles as part of Extended Producer Responsibility.
  5. Plastic Bottle crushing machines to be provided expeditiously.

Strict enforcement of these instructions is to be from 02-10-2019, to give enough time to all concerned to prepare for “Plastic Free Railway”.

Ministry of Railways has also instructed its Railway units that a pledge can be administered on 2ndOctober, 2019 to cut the use of plastics. Also, Information, Education & Communication (IEC) measures are to be adapted to create awareness among railway users.


[Source: PIB]

Ministry of Railways