Home Ministry issues SOPs for movement of stranded migrant labourers

On April 19, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued Standard of Operating Procedure for movement of stranded migrant labourers.

Highlights

The workers employed in construction, agriculture, industries and other sectors have been moved from their work places and have been housed in shelter camps and relief shelters. These centres are being run by the state governments and Union Territories. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the movement of these labourers are to be managed under a Standard of Operating Procedure.

Guidelines

The following are the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs

  • The migrants in the shelters should be registered with a local authority.
  • Skill mapping of the migrants should be carried out to find suitability of various kinds of works.
  • The migrants shall not move outside the state or union territory that they are currently located.
  • Social Distancing norms should be followed during their transport
  • Local authorities should provide food and water for the journey of the workers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also allowed movement of stranded migrant workers inside the state. The ministry also allowed these workers to work in states and union territories where they are currently located.

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