BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Migrant workers stranded in another state will not be allowed to move from there even after the Centre implements its decision to open some economic activities in non-hotspot areas from Monday, the Union Home Ministry said in its advisory on Sunday. It also said the workers stranded in relief camps because of the lockdown must register with the local authorities to “find out their suitability for various kinds of work”.
The Centre last week announced that it would allow some construction activities and industrial operations in rural areas from April 20. Offices of the Government of India and offices of states and Union Territories, private vehicles for emergency services, e-commerce companies selling essential goods, courier services, MNREGA works and financial sector will also be allowed to function.
“Since additional new activities, outside the containment zones, have been permitted in the consolidated revised guidelines with effect from 20th April 20, these workers could be engaged in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA works,” the ministry said in the statement.
SOPs issued for Movement of stranded #MigrantLabourers, for their engagement in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming & MNREGA works, within States/UTs where they are currently located
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“In the event, that a group of migrants wish to return to their places of work, within the State where they are presently located, they would be screened and those who are asymptomatic would be transported to their respective places of work,” the ministry said.
Migrant workers who wish to return to their places of work within the state where they are presently located must be screened for coronavirus, it said. Only those with no symptoms must be transported to their places of work, it added.
With agency inputs