New Delhi: In an effort to further tighten the rules and regulations of the nationwide lockdown, the Central government on Sunday issued a fresh advisory and warned the violators to send to 14-day compulsory quarantine. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Migrant Workers Take to Streets in Kerala, Police Urge Them to 'go Back'
Issuing the advisory, the Central government said that those who violate the lockdown and travel during the period of lockdown will be subject to minimum 14 days of quarantine in government quarantine facilities. Also Read - Lockdown: Maharashtra Govt to Take Care of Migrant Workers, Provide Them Basic Necessities
The development comes as a number of migrant workers were seen walking on roads to their respective home towns after the lockdown was announced. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
In the advisory, the Centre asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop the movement of migrant workers during the lockdown.
Holding a video conference with chief secretaries and DGPs, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to make sure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways during the lockdown period.
“There has been movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country. Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed,” an official statement said.
The advisory clearly mentioned that only the movement of goods should be allowed on roads and the states were asked to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways.
The advisory stated that District Magistrates and SPs should be made personally responsible for the implementation of these directions.
The chiefs of police and civil administrations of all states were asked to make adequate arrangements for food and shelter for the poor and needy including migrant workers be made at the place of their work.
In the advisory, the states have also been asked to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut.
“House rent should not be demanded from the labourers for this period. Action should be taken against those who are asking labourers or students to vacate the premises,” the advisory said.