Centre asks states to enforce lockdown, subject violators to 14 days quarantine

Staff Reporter/PIB

Imphal, Mar 29: Apart from directing all states and union territories to ensure total enforcement of the lockdown rules, check movement of people across cities, make necessary arrangements for migrant labourers at their place of work including timely payment of wages and initiate action against those asking students/labourers to vacate, the Union government has issued strict instructions for mandatory 14-day quarantine of those found violating the lockdown.

The decision to enforce the lockdown at all cost was taken in a meeting of the Union cabinet held on Sunday.

While instructing the states and union territories to put the lockdown violators to a minimum of 14 days quarantine in government facilities, the Centre has also issued detailed instructions on monitoring of such persons during quarantine.

Pointing out that three weeks of strict enforcement of the lockdown is inevitable to contain spread of corona virus, the Union government also advised its cabinet secretary and MHA officials to maintain constant touch with chief secretaries and DGPs of the states.

Consequently, the central government officials held video conferences with the chief secretaries and DGPs to review steps undertaken in their respective states to enforce the lockdown guidelines.

Further stating that essential supplies are being maintained and the evolving situation monitored round the clock, the Union cabinet took grim note about reports of movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country.

Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed. States were directed to ensure there is no movement of people across cities or on highways. Only movement of goods should be allowed, informed a statement issued by PIB, adding that DMs and SPs should be made personally responsible for implementation of the directions which have been issued under the DM Act.

It is learnt that the states and union territories have been advised to make adequate arrangements for food and shelter of poor and needy people including migrant labourers at the place of their work.

Mentioning about the Centre issuing orders for use of SDRF funds for the purpose in addition to informing that sufficient funds are available with states in this head, the statement maintained that the states have been also conveyed to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut.

House Rent should not be demanded from the labourers for this period. Action should be taken against those who are asking labourers or students to vacate the premises, the statement cautioned.

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