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Relief to Migrant workers: Union Home Ministry allows movement of stranded people

Along with the migrant workers, the Union Home Ministry has also allowed other stranded people including students, tourists to move to their respective homes. This order comes after 36 days of nationwide lockdown which will end on May 3.

Relief to Migrant workers: Union Home Ministry allows movement of stranded people
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In a huge relief to the stranded migrants due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday allowed the movement of migrant workers and labourers stuck in cities wanting to go home. 

Along with this, the Union Home Ministry has also allowed other stranded people including students, tourists to move to their respective homes. This order comes after 36 days of nationwide lockdown which will end on May 3. 

In a circular, the Union Home Ministry has asked state governments to appoint nodal officers to facilitate the movement of people between states. The order says all seeking to return will be screened first and only allowed to return if asymptomatic. 

“All persons to be medically screened at source and destination. They will be kept in home or institutional quarantine on arrival as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” the MHO spokesperson informed. 

The lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the migrant workers and labourers, especially those who depend on daily wages, were the worst-hit due to the lockdown. The toiling masses of the country were left to be taken care of by the states as they were left with no work and money to sustain themselves in the cities. 

As this happened, thousands and lakhs of migrant workers in Delhi were forced to walk to their homes. However, after the lockdown was imposed, the panic among the migrant workers led to crowd menace at bus stations, outside railways station. 

In Delhi, thousands of migrant labourers gathered at Anand Vihar bus terminal trying to leave for their homes. After that the crowd gathered outside Bandra West Railway station on April 14, hours after PM Modi extended the lockdown till May 3, demanding to go home. 

It was learned that there was a rumour that the train services were going to start for the migrant workers and labourers on April 14 which led to the crowd menace at Bandra.

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