Covid-19 lockdown: MHA reminds states to proactively help migrants reach home

The Union home ministry on Tuesday, in a strongly worded letter to the states, reminded them to assist migrant workers reach home safely. The reminder followed reports of hundreds of migrants making their way back to their homes, on foot.

In a letter written by Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla, the Centre instructed district administrations to “request Ministry of Railways for running trains where required and ensure that no migrant worker has to resort to walking on roads or railway tracks to reach his destination.”

Bhalla reiterated that the railway ministry and states must coordinate proactively to operate more special trains and “arrangements be made by states for designated rest places….sanitation, food and health.”

District authorities have also been instructed to guide migrant workers to nearby bus terminals and train stations should they be found walking. Additionally, states have been asked to not stop buses carrying migrant workers at inter-state borders.

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