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MHA allows interstate travel for stranded students, labourers to go back home during lockdown


Sneha Shah | Apr 29, 2020 19:48

The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs), on Wednesday, allowed interstate travel of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others, who are stranded at different places due to lockdown imposed in the country. Here are the guidelines for Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/ Union Territory Governments and State/ Union Territory Authorities for the interstate travel of stranded people:

→ All States/ UTs should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons. The nodal authorities shall also register the stranded persons within their States/ UTs.

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→ In case a group of stranded persons wish to move between one State Nut and another State Put, the sending and receiving States may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road.

→ 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 States/ UTs falling on the transit route will allow the passage of such persons to the receiving State/UT

→ 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 health check-ups. For this purpose, such persons maybe encouraged to use Aarogya Setu app through which their health status can be monitored and tracked.