New Delhi: Soon after the Union Home Ministry passed an order, allowing interstate movement of migrant workers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged the migrant workers to stay home and don’t panic. Also Read - As Centre Says Plasma Therapy Not Scientifically Reliable, Here's What Kejriwal Tweets
He also said that he is in touch with other state governments over the order from the Home Ministry regarding interstate travel of migrant workers and students. Also Read - Coronavirus in Delhi: Kejriwal Govt Relaxes Lockdown Orders For Some Services. Check What Will be Available
Taking to Twitter, the Delhi chief minister said that he will very soon let the migrants know the latest developments regarding their safe travel to their home states.
“The order regarding migrants was passed today by the Union Home Ministry. In this regard, we are talking to other state governments. I will inform you the latest plan in a day or two. Until then, you stay at home and follow the lockdown norms,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
The statement from the Delhi chief minister comes after the Home Ministry allowed the migrant workers, tourists, students and other people stranded in different parts of the country to move to their respective destinations with certain conditions.
In an 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.
However, the Home Ministry did not specify whether a person or a family can travel in a private vehicle, and if allowed, under what conditions.
Listing the conditions, the ministry said all states and union territories should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons.
The moving persons would be screened and those found asymptomatic would be allowed to proceed, according to the Home Ministry.
In the beginning of the first phase of the lockdown, thousands of the migrant workers have started moving by foot from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad to their respective places, creating a humanitarian crisis.