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COVID-19 | MHA asks States to stop mass exodus of migrant workers amid lockdown

A migrant worker carries his son as they walk along a road with others to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi on Friday, March 26, 202

A migrant worker carries his son as they walk along a road with others to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi on Friday, March 26, 202   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The States and UTs have also been advised to make these vulnerable groups aware of measures taken by the government, including provision of free food grains and other essential items through PDS.

The Union Home Ministry on Friday asked State governments to prevent a mass exodus of migrant agriculture labourers, industrial workers and unorganised sector employees from their workplaces to hometowns amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

In an advisory to all States and Union Territories, the Home Ministry said they should also make arrangements for uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to hotels, working women hostels ,so that they continue to live in existing facilities.

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“The home ministry has issued an advisory to States/UTs to prevent mass exodus of migrant agricultural labourers, industrial workers and unorganised sector workers, so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” an official spokesperson said.

The States and UTs have also been advised to make these vulnerable groups aware of measures taken by the government, including provision of free food grains and other essential items through PDS, and streamline the distribution system.

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“This would help prevent the exodus of such people,” the spokesperson said.

The coronavirus-enforced lockdown has triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers across the country.

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