Centre bans movement of labour outside the State, issues SOP

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In continuation of Ministry of Home Affairs’ earlier Orders, the Ministry has issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP), restricting the movement of stranded labour within the State. It has also directed all states, Union Territories to implement it strictly.

The order also said that due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, workers employed in industry, agriculture, construction and other sectors have moved from their respective places of work, and are housed in relief/ shelter camps being run by State Governments. Since additional new activities, outside the containment zones, have been permitted in the consolidated revised guidelines with effect from April 20, 2020, these workers could be engaged in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA works.

In order to facilitate their movement within the State, the following guidelines have been issued:

  • The migrant labourers currently residing in relief/ shelter camps in States/UTs should be registered with the concerned local Authority and their skill mapping be carried out to find out their suitability for various kinds of works.
  • In the event, that a group of migrants wish to return to their places of work, within the State where they are presently located, they would be screened and those who are asymptomatic would be transported to their respective places of work. 
  • It may be noted that there shall be no movement of labour outside the State/UT where they are currently located.
  • During the journey by bus, it would be ensured that safe social distancing norms are followed and the buses used for transport are sanitized as per the guidelines of the Health authorities. 
  • The National Directives for COVID-19 Management issued under the consolidated revised guidelines dated April 15, 2020, shall be strictly followed.
  • The local authorities shall also provide for food and water etc., for the duration of their journey.