Interstate movement of stranded students, migrant worker and others allowed amid lockdown

Students, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists and other people stranded at different places will now be able to get back home. On Wednesday, the Ministry of home affairs came up with a set of fresh guidelines allowing the interstate movement of the people who were stranded at different places.

The Centre has permitted the movement of these people by road as flights and trains are currently not available for the passengers. All the buses used for this purpose to be sanitised properly and shall follow safe social distancing norms in seating.

“All the states/ UTs should designate nodal authorities and develop stranded protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons,” the MHA order said.

The moving individuals will be screened and those found asymptomatic will be allowed to proceed. Further on arrival at the destination these individuals would be assessed by the local health authorities and will be kept in home quarantine unless the assessment requires keeping them in institutional quarantine.

“In case a person wishes to move between one state or union territory and another state or union territory the sending and receiving states may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road.” The MHA order said.

After arrival, the commuters will be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups.  For this purpose, the government will likewise encourage such people to install the Arogya Setu app through which their health status can be observed and followed.

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