Revenue department officials in Vadodara, who are involved in coordination and other work to send migrants home, have refused to carry on the work any further. They said they will not be involved in any such work that puts them in direct contact with migrants.
The employees union of the department’s Vadodara unit has also written a letter to the district collector, revenue minister and the chief secretary of Gujarat in this connection. Earlier an employee of the department in Ahmedabad had succumbed to the illness.
Bharat Dabhi, chief of the employees union, told local media that they had written to concerned officials stating that they will not be involved in any activity that brings them in direct contact with the migrants as it increased the possibility of getting infected They said they will not work as a long as effective steps to address the issue is not taken.
The union has also said that earlier too they had asked that the money charged from migrants for their train fares be collected directly by the railways. Despite representation the task of collecting money is still carried out by revenue department officials. They also said that the work of arranging for the transport of migrants should be handled by the transport department yet it is the revenue department that does the work.