Coronavirus Lockdown: Migrants Cannot Be Asked For Rent For 1 Month by Landlords
New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs asked the states to provide migrants which include daily wage workers, food and shelter. On Sunday, the centre said the workers who have already left for their hometowns shall be put in quarantine for two weeks at the "nearest shelter" amid coronavirus spread scare.
An order issued under the Disaster Management Act stated that the employers will pay their workers' wages without any deduction on respective due dates.
The order also said that landlords shall not demand rent from poor workers and migrant laborers for the period of one month and added that those who would force their tenants and violate this will face action.
"The states and Union territories shall ensure adequate arrangements of temporary shelters, and provisions of food, etc. for the poor and needy people, including migrant laborers, stranded due to lockdown measures in their respective areas," a Home Ministry order to the states stated.
"The migrant people who have moved out to reach to their home states/home towns must be kept in the nearest shelter by the respective state/union territory government quarantine facilities after proper screening for a minimum period of 14 days," it added.
Prime Minister announced a 21-day-lockdown to halt the spread of a highly contagious COVID-19 or coronavirus and had suspended all interstate bus and railway services, leaving migrants and their families stranded.
The Uttar Pradesh government amid Coronavirus India lockdown has arranged for 1,000 buses to transport migrant laborers who are stuck on the border districts, an official spokesman said on Saturday.
On Friday night, Officials of the Transport Department, bus drivers and conductors were contacted to act as a helping hand to ferry the people who were stranded in Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, and Aligarh, among other places, he said.