Special trains to ferry stranded migrant labourers and students

New Delhi: Scores of migrant workers heading back home seen at Anand Vihar bus terminal close to Delhi's border with Ghaziabad on Day 5 of the 21-day countrywide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, on March 29, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Scores of migrant workers heading back home seen at Anand Vihar bus terminal close to Delhi's border with Ghaziabad. (Photo: IANS)
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Central ministry of India decided to ferry the stranded migrant labours, students, tourists and pilgrims to their native places by allowing special trains.1000 people will be allowed to transport during the first session and they will be selected by the district governance in accordance with the priority…reports Asian Lite News.

The decision was taken two days after the government approved their movement through buses to transport them from one state to another. The order came as lockdown 2.0 is to end on May 3.

Due to the unexpected lockdown implementation, people stranded at various places in different states. Ongoing nationwide lockdown that is in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the first phase of restriction from March 24 midnight. After the end of the first 21-day lockdown, the restriction was extended for another 19 days till May 3.

 

New Delhi: Scores of migrant workers heading back home seen at Anand Vihar bus terminal close to Delhi's border with Ghaziabad on Day 5 of the 21-day countrywide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, on March 29, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Scores of migrant workers heading back home seen at Anand Vihar bus terminal close to Delhi’s border with Ghaziabad. (Photo: IANS)

Considering the problems being faced by these stranded people, the Home Ministry issued the order mentioning that the Ministry of Railways will designate nodal officers for coordinating with state and Union Territories (UTs) for the movement of the stranded people.

The order issued to all states and the UTs, as well as ministries, informs that the Ministry of Railways will issue detailed guidelines for sale of tickets and for social distancing and other safety measures to be observed at stations, platforms and within the trains. The rest of the conditions stipulated for movement of persons will continue to apply to such movements, the order said.

In the April 29 order, all the states and UTs were directed to designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons. The moving persons will be screened. On arrival at the destination, such persons will be assessed by the state health authorities and put under home quarantine unless the assessment requires keeping them under institutional quarantine.

They would be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups. For this purpose, they are encouraged to use the Aarogya Setu app through which their health status can be monitored.