New Delhi, Mar 27 : Amid the news of exodus of thousands of migrants workers, students and other poor people to their native place on foot, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an advisory to all the states and Union Territories to make adequate arrangements for them.
This advisory has been issued with an aim to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus from one place to another. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all the states and Union Territories to take immediate steps to provide adequate support, including food and shelter, to migrant agricultural labourers, industrial workers and other unorganised sector workers, during the 21- day nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
Similarly, the states and UTs have been advised to take steps to ensure that students and working women from other states are also allowed to continue in their existing accommodation. The Advisory suggested that in order to mitigate the situation for unorganised sector workers, particularly the stranded migrant workers, the states and UTs need to explore measures by involving various agencies, including NGOs, to provide food and shelter with basic amenities like clean drinking water, sanitation.(UNI)