The Ministry of Home Affairs released a fresh set of instructions to let migrant workers, students, tourists, and pilgrims wrecked get back home.
The home ministry guidelines say the interstate movement of these wrecked people will be aided by the state/UT government. Anyone who wants to go to their home will have to be medically screened at source as well as destination & will be kept in a home quarantine on arrival.
The Ministry of Home Affairs order said all states to nominate nodal officer and maintain standard protocols for receiving and sending such wrecked individuals. Wrecked migrant workers, pilgrims, students will be allowed to move with certain conditions during the nation-wide lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak.
The MHA order said transportation of such persons will be done via buses, as train or flight services are currently unavailable for passengers. The buses carrying migrants shall be sanitized & the nodal officers will follow protocols of social distancing while seating passengers in the vehicle.
While the states or UTs receiving & sending such migrants must consult on the action plan, the states or UTs on the transit route will allow passage to the buses carrying migrants. The MHA guidelines add on the arrival of their destination such individuals would be checked by the local health authority & will be kept in home quarantine unless the appraisal requires keeping the persons in institutional quarantine.
The government may ask the migrants to install the Arogya Setu app to help the government to track their health status.
Some states like Uttar Pradesh and Assam have already started transporting students from Rajasthan’s premier coaching center Kota. Some laborers stuck in Himachal Pardesh were also allowed to their native places as part of a special arrangement.
There have been several instances of lockdown violation, over the 40-day nation-wide lockdown period with distressing scenes of migrant laborers in different states trying to return back to their native places.