UP eases travel within: Internal migrants in shelters can go home

Written by Asad Rehman
| Lucknow |

Published: April 14, 2020 3:09:17 am

According to official knowledge launched on Saturday, a complete 1,25,989 individuals are housed in 5,241 shelters throughout the state. Police have been deployed to keep up legislation and order at a number of shelters, officers stated. (Representational Image)
The Uttar Pradesh authorities on Monday introduced that migrant labourers staying in shelters throughout the state might be allowed to travel to their home districts inside the state if they’ve accomplished their 14-day quarantine, and have examined detrimental for the novel coronavirus.

However, migrants from outdoors the state should keep on the shelters till additional orders. The largest numbers of migrants from outdoors the state belong to Bihar and Nepal.

According to official knowledge launched on Saturday, a complete 1,25,989 individuals are housed in 5,241 shelters throughout the state. Police have been deployed to keep up legislation and order at a number of shelters, officers stated.

“In every district, from the state government and district administration, there are quarantine facilities. Now, in a graded manner, DMs have been directed. (that) if there are any people at such facilities who are locals in the same district, arrangements will be made for them to reach home after testing, and (they will have to) stay in home quarantine, which will be monitored.,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi stated.

“If there are people from other districts of the state at these facilities, then arrangements should be made for their travel in an organised and phased manner. But those from other states will have to keep staying,” he added.

Also, Awasthi stated, “Those who have been in the shelters for fewer than 14 days will not be allowed to leave before they complete the protocol.”

Besides Bihar and Nepal, there are folks from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra on the shelters.

About the migrants from outdoors UP, Awasthi advised The Indian Express: “We are reassessing the number of people from other states and a decision will be take soon. Till then, they will stay at the shelters they are currently at.”

The district magistrates of 4 districts advised The Indian Express that preparations have been in place for folks from different states to remain on for longer on the shelters.

In Gonda, the place 396 folks have been housed in 9 shelters, the district administration feels that since development work is prone to be allowed quickly, most of those labourers would get work, and wouldn’t thoughts staying on.

“Around 50 per cent of the people staying in shelters in Gonda are from other states, such as Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh. These are mostly people who are involved in construction work. If the government restarts construction work on big projects, then they will get their jobs back, and would not want to go back,” Gonda DM Nitin Bansal stated.

“I have personally met people at the shelters and feel that even if they have to stay a bit longer, there should not be any issue,” Bansal added.

“As far as people of other districts within the state are concerned, they will be sent home after their 14-day quarantine is complete and after they are tested,” he stated.

Bahraich DM Shambhu Kumar stated the district administration would look forward to orders from the state authorities on the preparations for travel of those that are allowed to depart. Around 300 individuals are staying at eight shelters in the dictrict.

“Whatever the state government orders, we will follow. We are waiting for the orders regarding the lockdown,” Kumar stated. “We already have all security arrangements along with food and everything else. I have done inspections myself, and found that there is no shortage of anything,” the DM stated.

Bahraich superintendent of police Vipin Kumar Mishra stated, “There is 24-hour police deployment at each of these shelters. We will counsel them in case of any discontentment. Things are in the pipeline, but we need to wait for the government’s orders.”

Pulkit Khare, the district Justice of the Peace of Hardoi, stated preparations had been made for the individuals who have been allowed to travel to different districts in the state.

“Yesterday, some people from Unnao were sent to their home district in a police vehicle. We will ensure that people who are from other districts reach their homes in official vehicles since transport is not available at the moment,” Khare stated.

A complete 2,539 folks have been lodged in 24 shelters in Hardoi. “We have police and the Home Guard posted at each shelter,” the DM stated.

In Kanpur, the place round 6,000 individuals are stored at 550 shelters, the district administration is able to ship folks to different districts.

“We are waiting for orders from the state government. We have already made preparations to ferry people to other districts. As soon as the government orders, we will start sending people to their home districts,” Kanpur DM Brahm Dev Tewari stated.

The majority of the folks on the shelters in Kanpur belong to the district, Tewari stated.

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