Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has issued orders on 29 March to the State Governments and State Authorities, pertaining to resolving the migrant labour crisis as a fallout of the Lockdown imposed across the country.
The Home Secretary observed that the movement of a large number of migrants across the country is happening in order for them to reach their home town due to scarcity of food and money. As a result of this movement, there is a serious violation of the lockdown measures on maintaining social distancing.
Following orders were passed to the State and UT governments and related authorities to assess and deal with the situation of migrant workers, the effective implementation of lockdown measures and mitigating the economic hardships of the migrant workers.
If any landlord is forcing labourers and students to vacate their premises, they will be liable to action under the Act.
In case of any violation, the respective State/UT Government shall take action. The District Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police will be personally liable for implementation of the above directives and lockdown measures.