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The Central Government has also directed the States to ensure that all arrangements be made for migrant labourers in their place of work, including food, shelter and the timely payment of wages.
The Central Government has instructed State authorities to ensure that state and district borders are effectively closed and that people do not move across these boundaries during the country wide lockdown put in place to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The direction was issued in view of reports concerning the movement of migrant labourers in the country. The 21-day national lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Tuesday had prompted a mass exodus by migrant labourers in various places, who left their places of work in hopes to go back to their hometowns amidst the lockdown.
States have now been directed to ensure there is no movement of people across cities or on highways. The order issued in this regard intimates that local authorities would be personally responsible for implementation of this direction, which has been issued under the Disaster Management Act.
It is added that during the lockdown, all arrangements must be made by the States to ensure that migrant labourers are provided with pay in a timely manner and without any cut.
Further, food, shelter and other facilities must be made available to the poor and needy people, including migrant labourers, it has been directed. States have been asked to use funds from the State Disaster Response Fund for this purpose.
Wherever workers, including the migrants, are living in rented accommodation, it has been ordered that the landlords of those properties not demand payment rent for a period of one month. If any landlord is forcing labourers or students to vacate their premises, they will be liable for action.
Moreover, the States have been requested to ensure that the lockdown is strictly complied with in public interest.
As for migrant people who have moved out to reach their home states/towns, it has been instructed that they must be kept in the nearest shelter by the respective State/Union Territory Government quarantine facilities after proper screening for a minimum period of 14 days as per standard health protocol.
[Read the Order]