MHA issues Standard Operating System for movement of Stranded Labour

Apr 20, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The Ministry of Home Affairs on April 19, 2020, issues a Standard Operating System (SOP) to Ministries / Departments of Government of India, State / Union Territory Governments and State / Union Territory Authorities with the directions for its Strict implementation.

However, MHA allowed additional activities outside the containment zones with effect from April 20, 2020 by revised consolidated guidelines, where the workers could be engaged in industrial, manufacturing, construction, farming and MNREGA works.

Therefore, to facilitate their movement within the States / Union Territory, the following guidelines may be followed:

i. The migrant labourers should be registered with the concerned local Authority where they are currently residing i.e. in relief / shelter camps in States / Union Territories and skill mapping will ne done to find out their suitability for various kinds of works.

ii. The migrants who are willing to go to their places within the State, they would be screened and those who are asymptomatic would be transported to their respective places of work. It is to be noted that there will be no movement of labour outside the State / UT from where they are currently located.

iii. While travelling in bus, social distancing should be followed by everyone and buses should be properly sanitized as per the guidelines.

iv. The National Directives for COVID-19 Management issued under the consolidated revised guidelines dated April 15, 2020 will be strictly followed.

v. The local authorities will also provide for food and water etc., for the duration of their journey.


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