New Delhi: In a bid to prevent migration of labourers, the Noida administration has ordered landlords to not collect rent for the coming month. Notably, after the sudden announcement of 21-day nationwide lockdown, scores of migrant workers, staying in rented accommodations in Noida and Greater Noida have been spotted walking towards Delhi-Ghaziabad border to reach their respective homes. Also Read - Covaxin For Children Above 2 Years Will Be Available In By September, Says AIIMS Chief Randeep Guleria

“It has come to our notice that several laborers are being asked for rent which is forcing them to move out and travel back to their homes. In such a case, the possibility of the infection spreading is higher. We need to assure them the security of a house. The landlords are instructed to not collect rent for one month from any tenant labourer,” said BN Singh, DM Gautam Buddh Nagar. Also Read - Kerala Extends Lockdown By 1 Week, Worship Places To Reopen With Entry of 15 People Only

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On Tuesday, PM Modi, in his second address to the nation, announced a nationwide shutdown for 21 days in the wake of the highly contagious coronavirus outbreak that has already infected nearly 900 people in India. Government has urged people to stay indoors and aggressively practice social distancing.

Meanwhile, the issue of exodus of migrant workers reached the Supreme Court today after a PIL was filed in the apex court seeking direction to the local administration/ police authorities across India to immediately identify stranded migrant workers and shift them to the nearest government shelter homes with proper food, water, medicines and under medical supervision, in a dignified manner, until the coronavirus lockdown continues.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, the petitioner in the case, urged the Centre to immediately redress the heart wrenching and inhuman plight of thousands of migrant workers families — women, small children, elders and differently-abled persons — walking on foot for hundreds of kilometers, from cities to their native villages: without food, water, transport, medicine or shelter, amid coronavirus crisis.

The apex court is likely to take up this matter on March 30.