MHA issues SOP for movement of labourers within states, UTs

New Delhi: The MHA has directed the states to pay greater attention to labourers’ welfare, including quality of food being served to them in relief camps.
The MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava told the media on Sunday that the Standard Operating System (SOP) for movement of stranded labourers must be maintained.
The workers employed in industry, agriculture, construction and other sectors have moved from their respective places of work and currently housed in relief/ shelter camps.
As the government has allowed additional new activities outside the containment zones in the consolidated revised guidelines with effect from 20th April 2020, these workers would be engaged in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA works.
The following guidelines may be followed in order to facilitate their movement within the state/UTs:
The migrant labourers currently residing in relief camps should be registered with the concerned local authority and their skill mapping be carried out to find out their suitability for various kinds of works.
The asymptomatic labourers would be transported to their respective places of work if they wish to go to their places of work within the state.
No movement of labour outside the state/UT from where they are currently located.
Safe social distancing norms must be followed and the buses used for transport are sanitized as per the guidelines of the health authorities.
The national directives for COVID-19 management issued under the consolidated revised guidelines dated 15th April 2020 shall be strictly followed.

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