Rajasthan to organise passage for migrant workers: Gehlot

Updated on Apr 26, 2020 08:05 AM IST
Ashok Gehlot said the state government wants to send all migrants workers to their homes safely and expected their support.
Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan interacts with media at sahyadri guest house in Mumbai.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT File Photo)
Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan interacts with media at sahyadri guest house in Mumbai.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT File Photo)
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Migrant workers will now be able to go out of Rajasthan and those in other states can come back in a phased manner after his government coordinated with others, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Saturday evening.

Ashok Gehlot said the state government wants to send all migrants workers to their homes safely and expected their support.

“If anyone violates rules, there will be strict action," the chief minister said.

The comments came after Gehlot addressed a high-level meeting on this issue from his residence through video conference.

Chief secretary DB Gupta said he was coordinating with his counterparts in other states to ensure safe passage to migrant workers.

Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have already initiated the process to bring back migrant labourers stranded in other states after the lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic was imposed in March till April 14 and then extended till May 3.

Also read: UP starts bringing back migrant workers

Union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba met chief secretaries of the states on Saturday to talk about the thousands of workers, currently in migrant labour camps around India who want to return home, among other things.

With no interstate travel being allowed and passenger trains not running, several states have suggested running special trains to transport these workers. 

At Saturday’s meeting, some states including Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar and West Bengal asked the Centre to set a protocol for such movements.

Registration

Gehlot said the migrant workers will have to register themselves on emitra.rajasthan.gov.in portal, e-mitra mobile app or e-mitra kiosk, or at helpline number 18001806127. 

After registration, his government will seek permission from the respective state and will make arrangement for their return on a particular day and time according to the number of workers, said a release from chief minister's office.

Migrant workers or other emigrants coming from outside in their private vehicles with curfew pass will be allowed into Rajasthan after registration at the entry points and will be quarantined after reaching their destinations. 

Also read: 19 buses to take 653 migrant workers to their hometowns from Gurugram

Similarly, collectors in Rajasthan will issue curfew passes to people of other states going back in their private vehicles.

Gehlot said it was a challenge to send migrant workers to their states and protocol will have to be followed. He directed officials to ensure that migrants followed social distancing and other health norms as they leave for home in the next few days.

He said the quarantine period and curfew rules should be implemented strictly without any discrimination on the basis of caste.

Also read: After month’s wait, migrants in Haryana finally on way home

He appealed to villagers to inform local administration about people coming from outside so that quarantine rules can be ensured and 'tapasya' of Rajasthanis for so many days doesn't go waste.

Following protocols

The chief minister directed officials to ensure sufficient arrangement for screening the workers for influenza-like symptoms such as fever and cold and cough.

The transport department should ensure enough buses and district administrations should make arrangements for temporary shelter and food etc state's borders, Gehlot said. Buses and shelters should be sanitised.

The chief minister said migrant workers coming in from outside should stay under home quarantine as much as possible. For those who cannot follow this, the district administration should organise institutional quarantine facilities, he said.

Gehlot said everyone should keep all identity documents and documents related to Covid-19 tests, if done, with them, and should produce them when asked, without any fear or hesitation.

"Don't hide information about contact with a Covid-19 positive patient or any symptoms of the disease," he appealed to the people.

The government is tracking everyone in quarantine through the Covid-19 info app. If anyone goes outside the quarantine area, they will face action

Rajasthan reported 49 new cases on Saturday, taking the state's Covid-19 toll to 2,083. There have been 34 deaths in the state even as 513 people recovered from the disease.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Rakesh Goswami leads Hindustan Times’ bureau in Rajasthan. He loves to write on social issues and has been a journalist for 20 years, including 8 years as a broadcast journalist.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

    West Delhi transit corridor will be complete in 1.5 years, says Sisodia

    A senior PWD official said the project entails the improvement of Peeragarhi Chowk junction, widening of the railway overbridge along Ring Road going towards Mangolpuri, the construction of a flyover on Laxmi Narayan Mandir Road and underpass U-turns on Chaudhary Balbir Singh Marg and improved pedestrian access along with proposed foot overbridges.

  • Police sources said the assailants had used a silencer while opening fire

    Petrol pump owner shot dead in Amritsar

    The owner of a fuel station was gunned down by unidentified car-borne persons in the Holy City colony of Amritsar on Wednesday night. The incident took place at around 10:30pm when Mohan had reached outside his home, after work. As per information, when Mohan reached just outside his house, a Toyota Innova SUV also reached there and the assailants in the car opened fire. Police commissioner Arun Pal confirmed Mohan's death.

  • Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala suggested that the Bill be referred to a select committee of the House for examination. Subsequently, the home minister moved a motion to refer the amendment Bill to a select committee of the assembly. (HT File Photo)

    Haryana assembly passes 4 Bills, refers one to select committee

    The Haryana assembly on Wednesday referred to a select committee of the House the Haryana Police (Amendment) Bill, 2022 for examination. The amendment Bill which sought to do away with the powers of the Haryana State Police Complaints Authority to take suo motu cognisance of a matter was opposed by Congress MLA Varun Chaudhary. Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala suggested that the Bill be referred to a select committee of the House for examination.

  • Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia being greeted after being released from prison on bail, in Patiala district, Wednesday. (PTI)

    Faith in judiciary reposed, says SAD on Bikram Majithia’s release in drugs case

    The Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday said the party's faith in judiciary had been reaffirmed by the Punjab and Haryana high court's decision to grant bail to former minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a “politically motivated case of vendetta”. The party spokesperson asserted Majithia was not guilty of offences he has been charged with in the FIR registered in December, 2021, under different sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

  • As the PRTC bus was being operated under the kilometre scheme, MACT directed its owner and driver to jointly pay the relief to the petitioner. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Patiala man left disabled after accident gets 13-lakh relief

    Over five years after a Patiala resident suffered permanent disability in Kumar's arm due to an accident, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Chandigarh, has awarded him a compensation of ₹13 lakh. The compensation will be paid by the owner and driver of the PRTC bus that had hit the car of the victim, Rohit Kumar, 33, a resident of Mangal Basti, Patran, Patiala.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now