New Delhi: As increasing number of migrant workers at different parts of the country started protesting with the demand of transport arrangement for their travel to their respective home states, the Home Ministry on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines, allowing their interstate travel amid nationwide lockdown. Also Read - Two-Time Olympic Tennis Champ Andy Murray to Compete at Olympics
Issuing the order, the MHA said that the migrant workers, who do not have coronavirus symptoms at present, can move to their home states. Notably, the order from the Centre comes less than a week before the lockdown is scheduled to end on May 3. Also Read - Delhi Govt School Admissions 2021: Process For Entry Level Classes To Start On June 28
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The Home Ministry said that the migrant workers, tourists, students and other people stranded at various places of the country can travel now. The MHA also asked the states to appoint nodal bodies and draw up protocols for their safe movement.
Making it clear in the order, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said buses shall be used for transport of such groups of stranded people and these vehicles will be sanitised and will have to follow safe social distancing norms in seating.
“Due to lockdown, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places. They would be allowed to move,” the MHA said.
Making a list of conditions, the MHA said all states and union territories should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons. “The nodal authorities shall also register the stranded persons within their states and union territories,” the Home Ministry said.
The Home Ministry also said that in case a group of stranded persons wish to move between one state and union territory and another state and union territory, the sending and receiving states may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road.
However, the moving people may be screened and those found asymptomatic would be allowed to proceed. The states and union territories falling on the bus transit route will allow the passage of such persons to the receiving states and union territories, it said.
“On arrival at their destination, such persons would be assessed by the local health authorities, and kept in home quarantine, unless the assessment requires keeping the persons in institutional quarantine,” the MHA said.