States & union territories told to designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending people stranded due to COVID-19 lockdown
New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday issued revised guidelines on movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to COVID-19 lockdown.
As per the revised guidelines, the Union ministry of home affairs has asked all the states and union territories (UTs) to designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending stranded persons. The ministry has also asked the nodal authorities to register such persons within their states/UTs.
In case a group of stranded persons wish to move between one state/UT to another state/UT, the sending and receiving states may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road, the home secretary said through the new order.
“The moving person(s) would be screened and those found asymptomatic would be allowed to proceed. Buses shall be used for transport of groups of persons. The buses will be sanitized and shall follow safe social distancing norms in seating,” the order said.
The states/UTs falling on the transit route will allow the passage of such persons to the receiving state/UT, the order added.
On the precautionary measures after receiving the destinations, the Centre notification also said that on arrival at their destination, such person (s) would be assessed by the local health authorities, and kept in home quarantine, unless the assessment requires keeping the person (s) in institutional quarantine.
“They would be kept under watch with periodic check-ups. For this purpose, such persons may be encouraged to use Aarogya Setu App through which their health status can be monitored and tracked,” the home ministry order said.