New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led Centre on Sunday directed states to enforce strict implementation of 21-day nationwide lockdown, announced to combat spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. The government also asked states to take strict action against those who are asking students/labourers to vacate. Besides, the states have been also been asked to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut. Also Read - Scotland to Reopen Castles, Palaces as Covid-19 Lockdown Eases
“Ensure no movement of people across cities. All arrangements be made for migrant labourers at their place of work including timely payment of wages. Action should be taken against those asking students/labourers to vacate”, the government said, adding that only movement of goods should be allowed. Also Read - IIT-Kanpur Students Develop UV Sanitising Product That Can Disinfect Room in 15 Minutes
“DMs and SPs should be made personally responsible for implementation of these directions which have been issued under the DM Act”, it noted. Also Read - MP Lockdown News: 'No Religious Event in Public Places', Home Department Directs District Collectors
Earlier on Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that all the states have been directed to provide temporary accommodation, food, medical care and other necessary facilities to migrant labourers using SDRF’s funds.
“On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guidance, today all the States have been directed in view of COVID-19 to provide temporary accommodation, food, clothing, medical care, etc., to all the homeless people, migrant laborers and those who are staying in relief camps due to the lockdown, using the SDRF’s fund allocation,” tweeted Shah.
Notably, the Centre had announced a complete lockdown of the entire country for 21 days to fight COVID-19 on March 22. All road, rail and air services have been suspended during the period.