COVID-19: Dr Mukul Sangma urges Govt to bring back individuals stranded outside state

Shillong, Apr 18: Meghalaya Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma, on Saturday, urged the government to bring back students, migrant workers and other individuals who are currently stranded outside the state.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary M. S Rao, Dr Mukul Sangma said that he has been receiving distress calls from relatives, civil society organisations and the elected representatives from the stranded students and migrant workers, their parents and relatives.

“I am informed that many of the stranded students, migrant workers and the parents are under anxiety and suffering from depression and being pre-disposed to psychological stress due to loss of jobs, extreme hardships, sense of low esteem, uncertainty etc.,” he stated.

Taking this into consideration, Dr Sangma, in his letter, suggested several measures. “A dedicated team with contact numbers under respective District Disaster Management Authority be created for the parents and relatives or NGOs to provide the details of the stranded students, migrant workers etc,” he urged.

He suggested the formation of a dedicated team which includes qualified and appropriate persons to extend necessary counselling, for counselling and necessary reassurance who can establish contact with the stranded people and/or their parents.

“A dedicated toll free number for necessary counselling be created for the affected people to call and provide psychological support and a comprehensive plan for bringing back the stranded students and migrant workers be prepared immediately and submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for smooth co-ordination with the counterpart states,” he stated.

He also suggested that the plan could include; Advance and immediate action in identifying and creation of dedicated accommodation in every district to house the stranded students and migrant workers upon arrival into their respective districts where; (i) all the stringent guidelines in respect of self-quarantining; (ii)  arrangement for proper food; and (iii) counselling are ensured.

A proposal to have a dedicated train service arranged only for the stranded students and migrant workers of the state for their evacuation from respective states till the nearest train station/rail head including Mendipathar railway station with proper food arrangement and stringent social and physical distancing norms during the time of travel.

“This should be supported by proper arrangement of road transportation from the respective place of their present stay into the designated train station and from the final destination train station to the dedicated place of accommodation arranged in the respective districts,” Dr Sangma stated.                              

He added that upon arrival into the respective districts, the team in the frontlines should have compilation of history of each stranded students and migrant workers relating to work and movement of each of them to ascertain the vulnerability, if any, of contracting the virus, so as to house them in specially segregated accommodation and for necessary observation and follow up.

Further, he said that a mock drill of all the officers and employees in the frontlines be conducted to ensure smooth operation of the SOP which can be specifically prepared by the state for the same in a very comprehensive manner.

On the issue of students and inter-district migrant workers stranded in Shillong and other parts of the state, he said that similar arrangements need to be done for youth/students/inter-district migrant workers/patients and patient parties stranded in Shillong and other parts of the state for safe transportation to their respective districts who should have separate accommodations so as not to mix them up with the stranded students/migrant workers brought from other states.

 He said that it was pertinent to note the unavoidable and foreseeable development after the nationwide lockdown measures are withdrawn. “The expected rush to return by the stranded students/migrant workers to respective states of origin is likely to expose our people to other possible asymptomatic COVID-19 infected people should they travel in common overcrowded trains,” he added.

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