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Seal Border To Stop Migrant workers, Ensure Lockdown: Centre’s Message To States

Adequate arrangements for food and shelter of poor and needy people including migrant labourers should be made at the place of their work, the centre said.

New Delhi| The Centre on Sunday asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop movements of migrant workers during the lockdown, officials said.

During a video conference with Chief Secretaries and DGPs, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways as the lockdown continues.

“There has been a movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country. Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed,” a government official said.

States were directed to ensure there is no movement of people across cities or on highways.

The only movement of goods should be allowed.

District Magistrates and SPs should be made personally responsible for the implementation of these directions, the official said.

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Adequate arrangements for food and shelter of poor and needy people including migrant labourers be made at the place of their work, the official said.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 21-day lockdown announcement five days ago, as thousands of daily wagers have been making their way home, unsure of the future in big cities where they no longer had food or jobs.

The terminuses and the packed buses – where people even sat on the roof – went against the government’s efforts to ensure social distancing, the only way to slow down the progress of the highly infectious coronavirus.

(PTI)

 

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