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Inter-state movement relaxation only for stranded migrants, not for others: MHA

 Notification from Home Secretary clarified that order regarding movement of persons amid lockdown is not extended to those categories of persons who are otherwise residing normally at places other than native places for purposes of work etc and those who wish to visit their native place in normal course.

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New Delhi Published on: May 03, 2020 20:48 IST
Inter-state movement relaxation only for stranded migrants, not for others: MHA
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Inter-state movement relaxation only for stranded migrants, not for others: MHA 

The Union Home Ministry on Sunday made it clear that the relaxations given for the movement of people during the lockdown was available only to distressed migrant workers. Notification from Home Secretary clarified that order regarding movement of persons amid lockdown is not extended to those categories of persons who are otherwise residing normally at places other than native places for purposes of work etc and those who wish to visit their native place in normal course.

In a communication to all States and Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the home ministry allowed movement of such stranded persons, who had moved from their native places or workplaces, just before the lockdown period, but could not return to their native places or workplaces on account of restrictions placed on movement of persons and vehicles as part of lockdown measures.

The facilitation envisaged in the orders is meant for such distressed persons, but does not extend to those categories of persons, who are otherwise residing normally at places, other than the native places for purposes of work etc., and who wish to visit their native places in normal course, the communication said.

Several lakh migrant workers were stranded due to the lockdown in various parts of the country.

The home ministry on Friday allowed their movement through trains and buses with certain conditions that include consent of both sending and receiving states, maintenance of social distancing norms besides others.

A 21-day lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. It was extended up to May 3 and again till May 17. 

(With PTI inputs)

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