The Union home ministry on Wednesday allowed inter-state movement of stranded people including students and migrant workers with conditions amid the nationwide lockdown.
“As a result of lockdown restrictions to fight COVID–19, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places in the country. Now, the Centre has permitted the movement of these stranded persons by road,” the home ministry said in a statement.
In a circular, the home ministry asked the states and union territories to designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending stranded persons.
“In case a group of stranded persons wish to move between one State/UT and another State/UT, the sending and receiving States may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road,” the ministry stated.
The ministry of home affairs also stated that the stranded persons, who would be moving, would be screened and those found asymptomatic would be allowed to proceed.
The latest guidelines say buses will be used for transport of groups of such people.
These buses will be sanitised and will have to follow social distancing norms in seating, it added
“States or union territories falling on transit route will allow the passage of such persons to the receiving State/UT,” it added.
The stranded workers must be assessed by the local health authorities on their arrival at the destination, the ministry said.
Moreover, the ministry also stated that stranded persons should be kept in home quarantine and if need arises then they must be kept in institutional quarantine.
The ministry also said the stranded persons should be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups.
The ministry asked the stranded persons to download the Aarogya Setu app so that their health can be monitored and tracked regularly.
Students,migrant labourers can return to their respective States/UTs as per the SOP.
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— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) April 29, 2020