COVID-19: MHA directs measures for safeguarding Migrant workers

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India vide an order dated 29th March 2020 issues directions to State Governments and Union Territory Governments to control the movement of large number of migrant workers stating it as violation of the lockdown measures on maintaining social distance for containment of spread of COVID-19.

So, to deal with the situation and for effective implementation of the lockdown measures, and to mitigate the economic hardship of the migrant workers, the administration of State and Union Territory (UT) are directed to take the following measures-

  1. State/UT shall ensure arrangement of adequate temporary shelter; and food for poor and needy people.
  2. Migrants who have moved out to reach their home must be kept in nearest shelter by the respective State/UT Government quarantine facilities after proper screening for a minimum period of 14 days according to the standard health protocol.
  3. All the employers of businesses including Industry, Shops and Commercial Establishments are directed to make payment of wages of their workers, at their workplace on the due date without any deduction for the period their businesses are under closure during the lockdown.

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