MHA allows inter-state movement of stranded persons including migrant workers

THE Central Government on Wednesday allowed the Inter-State movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons. In this regard, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued detailed guidelines to be followed while facilitating their inter-state movement.

The order issued by the MHA to this effect includes the following guidelines:

  • All States/UTs should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons. The nodal authorities shall also register the stranded persons with their States/UTs
  • In case a group of stranded persons wish to move between one State/UT to another State/UT, the sending and receiving States may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road.
  • The moving persons would be screened and those found asymptomatic would be allowed to proceed.
  • Buses shall be used for the transport of groups of persons. The buses will be sanitized and shall follow safe social distancing norms in seating.
  • The States/UTs falling on the transit route will allow the passage of such persons to receiving States/UTs
  • On arrival at their destination, such persons would be assessed by local health authorities and kept in home quarantine unless the assessment requires keeping the persons in institutional quarantine. They would be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups. For this purpose, such persons may be encouraged to use Aarogya Setu app through, which their health status can be monitored.

Further, the MHA’s order also asked to refer to guidelines referred by the Ministry of Health on the home quarantine and can be accessed here


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