The Ministry of Home Affairs in continuation of order passed dated 29.03.2020, 15.04.2020 and 16.04.2020, exercising its power under section 10(2)(I) of the Disaster Management Act, has issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for movement of stranded labor within the State/UT.

The guidelines to be followed are as follows:

  1. The migrant labours who are currently residing in relief or shelter camps in States/UTs should be registered with concerned local authority. Their skill mappings should be carried out in order to find suitable work for them.
  2. If a group of migrant wants to return to their place of work within the State where they are currently located, they will be screened first and if they are found asymptomatic then they would be transported to their respective workplace.
  3. The movement of labour outside the State/UT (where they currently located) is strictly prohibited.
  4. During travel by bus, it shall be ensured that safe social distancing norms are followed, and the buses involved in travel are sanitized as per the guidelines.
  5. The National Directives for COVID-19 Management issued dated 15.04.2020 should be strictly followed.
  6. The local authorities must provide food/water etc. for journey of such labours.

The guidelines came in light with the permitted additional new activities outside the containment zones, in the consolidated revised guidelines effective from 20.04.2020. The stranded migrants labours can be engaged in in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA works.

Order: MHA Order Dt. 19.4.2020 with SOP for movement of stranded labour within the State and UT

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