Monday, October 2, 2023

MHA Clarifies On Movement Of Distressed Persons Such As Workers & Students Amid Lockdown

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The Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on Sunday has written to the Chief Secretaries of all the states along with Administrators of all Union Territories in the country clarifying its previous order wherein movement of workers and students were allowed excluding those who otherwise residing normally at places and wish to visit their native places in normal course.

The reference was made to Ministry of Home Affairs order on 29th April, 2020 and 1st May, 2020 wherein movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons who are stranded at different places due to lockdown, have been allowed.

It was clarified by the MHA that the order were meant to facilitate movement of such stranded persons, who had moved from their native places/ workplaces, just before the lockdown period, but could not return to their native places/ workplaces on account of restrictions placed on movement of persons and vehicles as part of lockdown measures.

“The facilitation envisaged in the aforesaid 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”, said the letter.

Therefore, it was requested to all State / Union Territory Governments to facilitate the movement of such distressed stranded persons as allowed under Home Ministry’s Orders.

-India Legal Bureau

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