Stop exodus of migrants: MHA

Asks authorities to arrange food and shelter for migrant workers

Stop exodus of migrants: MHA

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27

With reports pouring in from different parts of the country narrating the horrific stories of unorganised sector workers leaving the places of their work on foot to go back to their far-flung villages, the government on Friday directed all states and Union Territories (UTs) to take measures to hold them where they are and provide them food and shelter.

In a letter to all states and UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has asked them to take “immediate steps to provide adequate support, including food and shelter, to migrant agricultural labourers, industrial workers and other unorganised sector workers during the 21-day nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.”

Officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also said “states/UTs have been advised to take steps to ensure that students, working women from other states, etc. are also allowed to continue in their existing accommodation”.

“The advisory suggests that in order to mitigate the situation for unorganised sector workers, particularly stranded migrant workers, states/UTs need to explore measures by involving various agencies, including NGOs, to provide food and shelter with basic amenities like clean drinking water, sanitation etc.,” the officials said.

Further, States/UTs have also been advised to make these vulnerable groups aware of the measures taken by the government, including “provision of free foodgrains and other essential items through PDS”, and streamline the distribution system. “This would help prevent avoidable movement of such people,” they said.

MHA has also advised that states/UTs need to ensure that hotels, rented accommodations, hostels, etc., continue to remain functional and delivery of essential items is streamlined, so that students, working women hostel inmates, etc., are allowed to continue in existing facilities.

UP to coordinate with 12 states

Lucknow: The UP Government on Friday appointed nodal officers in 12 states to ensure smooth coordination to make certain all facilities are extended to UP residents there. UP has 49 Covid19 positive cases of which 14 have recovered. TNS

‘MLAs instructed to take care of poor’

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal has said he has instructed the MLAs to ensure that no one in their constituency suffers from hunger. Food is being provided to nearly two lakh poor people and the number will be doubled from Saturday. PTI

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