It has been reported to CRDO that about one hundred of our Tiruppur brethren have been handed tokens to travel onboard a train scheduled for departure at around 3 PM tomorrow June 11, 2020. Apparently, they are now very excited and impatient.
On verification by CRDO with SDM as well as DC, Changlang, it has been confirmed that this particular train is not meant for stranded migrants from Arunachal Pradesh and that the tokens were given away by mistake on the part of the local officials for whom it is extremely difficult to differentiate among people of the different states of Northeast.
The SDM categorically warned that “Tomorrow’s train isn’t for workers from Arunachal Pradesh. It is only for Assam and Mizoram. There will be another train for Arunachal Pradesh in next 2-3 days. Workers will be informed about the details once it’s confirmed. So ask Arunachal Pradesh workers not to go to Railway station tomorrow.” He further appealed that our Tiruppur brethren must not head to the railway station tomorrow as it might lead to untoward incidents.
Further, DC Changlang said that “It is not for Arunachal Pradesh. This was issued for Assam and not for Arunachal.” He also confirmed that for Arunachal brethren there will be the next train in 1-2 days.
Therefore, in view of the above, all Tiruppur brethren including those who have been issued tokens to travel as well as those who don’t have tokens are advised with all urgency and seriousness that they must not head to the railway station tomorrow. Rather, wait for 2-3 days more for confirmation from SDM and DC Changlang themselves before a train for Arunachal workers is arranged. For any clarification, please contact @ 97382 05832 / 78993 94688 / 88373 83150
Stay calm and stay safe.
Today, Dr Devansh Yadav (IAS), DC, Changlang connected with the Chakma migrant workers stranded at Tiruppur virtually via video conferencing call. The meeting was triggered after the submission of CRDO Survey Report to the DC directly this morning. The meeting was convened to address and mitigate the growing anxiety and desperation of our stranded brethren and most importantly assure them of the Government’s plan to address all those concerns.
Few key takeaways from the meeting:
CRDO convened, moderated and oversaw the whole virtual meeting from start to finish. The icing on the cake was that our stranded brethren are now much relieved off stress and anxiety, most importantly reassured after having a face to face interaction with their own honourable DC of Changlang. As for CRDO it was worth every bit of the painstaking efforts. CRDO would like to sincerely thank the honourable DC for taking his valuable time out despite being a Sunday today.
CRDO’s multilateral approach to address and find the best possible solutions for our stranded brothers and sisters is paying off with tangible results. A testimony to this is this- we recently rolled out a google form in consultation with the District Administration with an intention of procuring information about our migrant brethren, which helped us understand the challenges faced by them and thereby mitigate accordingly.
We have submitted the preliminary findings and taking cognizance of the same, the Administration acted swiftly. Today, the local authorities have distributed food and other supplies (Dal, Oil and 10 quintals of rice) for 100 people living in 50 Compound, Karuvapalyam, Tiruppur. CRDO comprehensive data procuring effort has for sure brought relief to the lives of many and we hope that many more will benefit in days to come, while we continue to raise the level of our efforts.
Bekkunorey ju ju 🙏🙏🙏
Gomey takko(Take care)👍👍👍
( Chakma Rights and Development Organisation),
Note : Je Chakma goon South Indiat agoh, bana siguney Survey Form aan bosso (Survey Form to be filled up by Chakmas stranded in South India)
A distress call was made to CRDO at around 8.40 am today informing us that the landlord is again harassing/ and asking rental from the stranded brethren at 50 compound, Karuvapalyam, especially those who left their earlier rooms hoping to go by home by train the other day on 30 May(about 30 of them)and took refuge in the rooms in the 50 Compound building, Karuvapalyam.
The matter was immediately reported to the officials. Action was taken swiftly enough.
We are glad to share with everyone that CRDO has been able to resolve today’s issues that had arisen and escalated quickly.
Here is the series of events that have unfolded today:
10:00 am: CRDO received a distress call that a large number of stranded migrant workers have gathered in one school and are being chased away by the police.
10:10: am: Various calls made to stranded workers revealed that they were told to report to the Railway Station by the police. Upon reaching the Railway Station, they realised that it was a false information as no such train is arranged. Source of it is unknown. Some say it was a ‘verbal communication by the police’- leading to utter confusion and commotion on the ground.
11: 30 am: Reports have come in that all the stranded migrant who have earlier vacated their rooms are not being allowed to enter into their rooms.
12:00 noon: CRDO constituted a SWAT team to tide over the crisis. The immediate task was to identify all the possible stranded migrant workers, thereby to help them to get back to their rooms without any fear and harassment.
12:15 pm:CRDO’s team swung into action.
1:00 pm: Reports have come in that around 160 Chakmas who have earlier vacated their rooms at 50 Compound are facing the wrath of the landlord-to the extent that he even started throwing their bags/ belongings out of their rooms forcefully.
1:15 pm: CRDO tried speaking with the landlords, it didn’t help in most of the cases. However, few landlords did understand the issue and allowed them to re-occupy their rooms, however with some advance rental fees. In the meantime, the landlord at 50 Compound, Karuvapalyam was adamant and even forcefully started throwing their bags/ belongings out of their rooms. CRDO made direct contact with the Local Administration top brass-SDM, SP, Nodal Officer and pressed and urged on them to resolve the crisis as a top most priority.
3: 30 pm: Police team, led by the SP herself reached the spot, summoned the landlord.
4:30pm: Matter is resolved.
CRDO thanks all the volunteers and the local administration and the police department for their timely action to avert aggravating the already tense scenario with respect to the migrant workers who have been jobless since the lockdown.
Today CRDO’s team tracked down and apprehended an inmate of a quarantine center who had escaped the village quarantine center. His escape and mingling with the community members could have potentially led to disastrous consequences for the community. It may be noted that there are not enough police personnel to properly guard most quarantine centers. Under the circumstances, community members help guard and maintain the quarantine centers.
As per sources, the inmate may have been under mental distress. He was handed over to the local authorities with a request to have the Medical Officer check his physical and mental health.
CRDO has finally delivered drinkable water gallons to the quarantine centre at Govt Hr. School Diyun, since the quarantined persons were facing shortage of drinkable water. There have been complaints that the inmates of the QCs had to to drink tap water – a perfect recipe for sore throat and a host of other water borne diseases.
Quick action taken by CRDO to troubleshoot the issue of drinking water has diffused a potentially dangerous situation.
Glad to share with you all that the first batch of our migrant returnees from Tiruppur are already on their way back home by Tiruppur-Dibrugarh superfast train. The train left Tiruppur town at 1.45 pm today, the 28th of May 2020.
Just to give you a little background as to how the whole series of events unfolded and how CRDO was (and has been)with our brethren to guide and support t hem all throughout thick and since yesterday night.
Series of events:
The ordeal is far from over, CRDO is tracking and monitoring their homecoming journey so that every possible assistance can be given throughout their journey. That said, CRDO has also apprised the DC, Changlang about the returnees. He expressed his happiness and is ready to extend all possible help to make their transfer from Tinsukia to their their quarantine centres smooth and hassle free.