Stop movement of people across cities, seal borders: Centre to states

New Delhi, Mar 29 (IANS): The Centre on Sunday directed the states to strictly follow the nationwide lockdown norms and stop the movement of people across the cities, advising them to arrange shelter, food and other facilities for migrant labourers at their workplace.

The direction came amid mass exodus of migrant labourers from cities to their villages in different states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced nationwide lockdown to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

Noting that there has been movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba through video conferencing with officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, state Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police on Sunday morning decided to "seal" the district and state borders.

"Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed and states were directed to ensure there is no movement of people across cities or on highways," said a government statement.

"Only movement of goods should be allowed. District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police should be made personally responsible for implementation of these directions which have been issued under the Disaster Management Act.

It has been advised that adequate arrangements for food and shelter of poor and needy people, including migrant labourers be made at the place of their work.

The Centre had on Saturday issued orders for use of "SDRF (State Disaster Relief Funds) for the purpose".

Referring that "sufficient funds are available with states in the SDRF head, the Cabinet Secretary advised states to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the 21-day "period of lockdown without any cut".

It was ordered that house rent should not be demanded from the labourers for this period and action should be taken against those who are asking labourers or students to vacate the premises.

"Those who have violated the lockdown and travelled during the period of lockdown will be subject to a minimum of 14 days of quarantine in government quarantine facilities. Detailed instructions on monitoring of such persons during quarantine have been issued to states," Cabinet Secretary instructed.

"It was impressed upon all the States that three weeks of strict enforcement is essential to contain the spread of coronavirus. This is in the interest of everyone."

It was noted that, by and large, there has been effective implementation of guidelines across all states and Union Territories (UTs). "Essential supplies have also been maintained. Situation is being monitored round the clock and necessary measures are being taken as required."



Comment on this article

  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Italy, Iran and other countries must get together to demand reparations from China to compensate for damages from the Wuhan virus.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Best time to raise prices of everyday goods.
    Onion 100/kg, tomato 80/kg, potato 50/kg milk 90/lt
    Social distance will come easily

    DisAgree [8] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • Uttam, Talapady

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    You may have money to buy these things.....but what will poor people do ????
    There r so many with empty pockets without their daily wages

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    We should have banned all International Flights from Day One ...

    DisAgree [7] Agree [14] Reply Report Abuse

  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    I fully agree with your comments but our planning management and I don't know what to call them have failed. Now the worst sufferers are the poor migrant workers who are stuck up in the middle after working so hard building road, bridges, dams and you name it have no way to go back to their villages with their wives, children, and all who were as a team worked there. They have no support from anybody except a few who have been kind enough to give them food. But many fortunate ones were flown at the cost of government money safely.

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  • Mohammed, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Please stay at home till 14th April. Everything will be fine . We people come out and move the virus witch spreads and we have to face more problems like the lockdown will continue for longer period and it's a loss for the public in the end. So compromise now for a better tomorrow.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Center Govt. could have instruct in advance before the lockdown atleast immediately after the Oneday Janata Karphew.

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  • satheesh bangalore, bangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    these workers/migrants built higher buildings,... they built highways...., they built VIP bungalows,...
    they built mandir /masjids / churches /gurudwaras,.... they built schools, colleges.... they cleaned drainage.... they cleaned cities.... their services always utilized.... but no one think about their basic needs like food, living shelter etc.....Where is the humanity....? It is the responsibility of people in power/govt to take care of them.... how come irresponsible central govt take such a lock down without proper plan to migrate workers. is present govt only concerned about rich and wealthy citizen?

    lockdown is correct how come with poor planning by the central govt.

    voters must think. dear voters you will also be abandoned the same way these migrate workers
    are abandoned without food, water & shelter one day.

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  • PB, Namma Kudla

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Mr. Dumb
    You are welcoming to spread virus.
    I know difficulties are there but what to do. We will have to face it. So better stay wherever you are and be safe.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal, Sharjah

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Corona Virus does not move..You move the virus..So,please don't move..Corona virus dies....Simple logic.

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Many Kannadigas are coming by walk from Goa & Maharashtra.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [15] Reply Report Abuse


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