Home minister Amit Shah

The Centre is committed to providing every possible support to the migrant workers during lockdown period, said union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Saturday.

He was reviewing India’s preparedness to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Centre has urged the states to immediately set up relief camps for migrant workers/pilgrims who are returning to their domicile states or trying to do so during this lockdown period, Shah said.

“States have been advised to give wide publicity and awareness, using public address systems, technology and by utilising the services of volunteers and NGOs,” Shah said.

The states have been asked to precise information on:

  1. The location of the relief camps and the facilities being made available
  2. Relief package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and measures being taken by the state governments.

“The states have been also advised to set up relief camps along the highways for people moving on highways, including setting up of tented accommodation to ensure that these persons will stay in the relief camps till the lockdown orders are in place,” Shah added.

” The shelters are to be organised, keeping in view various precautions including social distancing, with adequate medical check-up drives to identify and separate cases requiring quarantine or hospitalisation,” he added.

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