Home Ministry Current Affairs - 2020

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.

New Name for Mumbai Central Station: Nana Shankarseth

On March 12, 2020, the Maharashtra Cabinet approved the proposal to rename Mumbai Central Station to Nana Shankarseth. The approved proposal is to be sent to Ministry of Railways. It is the Central Railways operating under Ministry of Railways that has the final say in the name change.

Procedure and Authority of name change

It is the state Government that usually initiates the process of name change of Railway Station. This is usually done to change the British name of the station to the local pronunciations. It is also done to honour a local leader. There are no rules or procedure by law or in constitution for the name change of the station.

After State Governments initiation with a valid reason, the railway board at the centre submits the memorandum to the Railway minister who authorizes it.

The name change of cities, town or villages should be sent by the State Government to the Home Ministry. Again, it is the Home Ministry that has final say in the name change.

Jagannath Shankarseth

He was a philanthropist and educationalist who lived between 1803 and 1865. He had high credit among Afghans and Arabs that they chose to place their treasure with him rather than the banks. He acquired great fortune from them and donated all to the public.

Along with Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, he launched Indian Railway Association. It was because of his efforts that Railway construction began in India. He initiated proposals and the benefits of Railway construction in the country with the Britishers.

He founded Bombay Association that was the first political organization in Bombay Presidency.