MHA allows migrant labourers to work within state after screening

Union Home Ministry said, labourers who are stuck in various parts of the country because of the ongoing lockdown, will be able to go to their respective workplaces within a state with certain conditions.


by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 19, 2020 17:52 IST

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Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla's order

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, however, made it clear that during the lockdown, which was extended until May 3, there would be no inter-state movement of workers. Bhalla's order stated that due to the spread of coronavirus, workers employed in industry, agriculture, construction, and other sectors have relocated from their respective places of work and are housed in state and UT government relief and shelter camps.

Since additional activities outside the containment zones have been approved with effect from April 20 in the consolidated revised guidelines, these workers may be engaged in industrial, manufacturing, building, farming, and MNREGA works.

Migrant labourers currently residing in the state and UT relief and shelter camps should be registered with the local authority concerned, and their capacity mapping should be conducted to assess their suitability for different types of works.

The SOP said they will be screened and those who are asymptomatic will be transported to their respective places of work should a group of migrants decide to return to their workplaces within the state where they are currently located. It should be ensured during the bus ride that appropriate social distance requirements are followed and that the buses used for transport are sanitized as per the health authorities' guidelines. Throughout the duration of their trip, the SOP said, local authorities must also arrange food and water, etc. Protection Status