Stranded migrant workers permitted to work from April 20 in their current location


The government of India has allowed migrant workers stranded in various states to move and work in the state where they are currently located.

A fresh order amending the consolidated coronavirus lockdown guidelines issued by the ministry of home affairs on Sunday, April 18, said that permission will be granted to the workers after proper screening and under social distancing norms.

However, the order has clarified that no movement of labour outside the state/UT from where they are currently located will be allowed. Another key change in the guideline is exclusion of the sale of non-essential items such as electronics by e-commerce companies from the activities permitted as per the order issued on April 15.

A Times of India report said that the ministry of home affairs has amended the clause related to the non-essential items following objections from local traders dealing with these items. The local firms raised objection after some companies like Flipkart had started accepting advance orders for phones, tablets and TVs.

The companies will now have to refund the accepted orders. Apart from the traders, the Congress too had objected to the sale by e-commerce companies, terming it as discrimination between local traders and e-commerce companies. The party had asked home ministry to clarify its order on e-commerce companies.

As per the standard operating system for the movement operational from April 20, private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care and those for procuring essential commodities and all personnel travelling to place of work in exempted categories as per the instructions of State/UT local authority are allowed.

Offices of the government of India and offices of the State and the UT governments will remain open.

The activities permitted from April 20 include:

All health services, including AYUSH, to remain functional.

All agricultural and horticultural activities to remain fully functional.

Operations of the fishing (marine/inland), aquaculture industry to remain functional.

Plantation activities such as tea, coffee and rubber plantations to remain functional with maximum 50% of workers.

Animal husbandry to remain functional.

Financial sector to remain functional.

Social sector to remain functional.

MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask.

Public utilities to remain functional.

Movement of loading and unloading of goods/cargo (inter and intra) state is allowed.

Online teaching/distance learning to be encouraged.

Supply of essential goods is allowed.

Commercial and private establishments will be allowed to operate.

Industries/industrial establishments (both government and private) will be allowed to operate.

Construction activities will be allowed to operate (With inputs from Times of India).


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