States should seal borders and allow migrant workers to remain where they are by supplying food and jobs, the Center said today in an effort to stabilize the country-wide shutdown that has gone off track in recent days.
A 40-year-old woman died today at Maharashtra, bringing the death count in the state as a consequence of the novel coronavirus to 7. In India, the number of cases is inching towards the 1000-mark with the Union Health Ministry pegging the figure at 979. A minimum of 25 people died from the pandemic that has infected more than six lakh people worldwide.
Action should be taken against landlords who are asking such tenants to vacate, read the Central advisory. Food and shelter should be provided for the needy — including migrant labourers — be made at the place of their work. Sufficient funds are available with the states for this, the Centre said.
The states have also been asked to stop incoming buses at the border and place the occupants on a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Food and other essentials should be made available to the people during this period, the Centre said.
It was impressed upon all the States that three weeks of strict enforcement is essential to contain spread of corona virus. This is in the interest of everyone,” the circular said.
Thousands of migrant workers gather in a town in Kottayam in Kerala. Want to return to home states of Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Say they haven’t eaten for 2-3 days pic.twitter.com/NLIYMBSKBf— Padmaja joshi (@PadmajaJoshi) March 29, 2020
India enters the day-5 of national lockdown. More & more migrants desert the metros despite an appeal from the authorities.— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 29, 2020
Ground report by TIMES NOW’s Sherine (Lal Kuan, Ghaziabad) & Amir (Faizabad- Ayodhya road). | #IndiaWithMigrants pic.twitter.com/6XcIOZDSCO