MHA issues Protocol for transporting labour within State/UTs

Shillong, Apr 19: A standard operating protocol for movement of stranded labour within the state and union territory’s has been issued by the Ministry of home affairs on Sunday. All states and union territories have been directed to implement the protocols strictly.

“Due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, workers employed in industry, agriculture, construction and other sectors has been moved from their respective places of work and are housed in relief/ shelter camps being run by state and union territory governments,” the statement from the Home Secretary read.

The central government has permitted additional new activities outside the containment zones in the consolidated revised guidelines with affect from 20 April 2020 days. Workers can now be engaged in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA activities.

According to the protocols, the migrant labour, currently residing in relief shelter camps in states and union territories should be registered with the concerned local authority and their skill mapping should be carried out to find out their suitability for various kinds of works.

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