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    MHA Bars Movement Of Stranded Migrant Workers During COVID-19 Lockdown

    The MHA directed the States and UTs to ensure no movement of labour outside the State/UT from where they are currently located

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) on the movement of stranded labourers wherein it has issued an advisory where it has barred movement of the labour force between states, Union Territories (UTs).

    The Ministry directed the States and UTs to ensure no movement of labour outside the State/UT from where they are currently located.

    “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,” as per the SOP.

    It added, “During the journey by bus, it would be ensured that safe social distancing norms are followed and the buses used for transport are sanitized as per the guidelines of the Health authorities. The local authorities shall also provide for food and water for the duration of their journey.”

    The MHA also directed the States and UTs to register the migrant labourers with the concerned local authority.

    “The migrant labourers currently residing in relief/shelter camps in the States/UTs should be registered with the concerned local authority and their skill mapping be carried out to find out their suitability for various kinds of works,” the SOP further mentioned.

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