No holding back of wages, demanding of rent and eviction of labors by the Landlords during the lockdown: Orders of MHA.

March 30, 2020.

by Tanya Vashistha

It’s the time when almost whole world is struggling with the deadly disease COVID-19 caused due to Corona virus, including India, where the Prime minister Narendra Modi had announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to ensure the safety of a large population.

This lockdown has many repercussions as well, as due to this lockdown there is a huge number of population which has lost its job and the mode to earn their daily bread, there are also large number of people who are on the verge of becoming homeless due to their inefficiency to pay rent.

The centre is at its full force during this pandemic and is keeping a close eye on every activity of the people around the country through various sources, and to solve the problem of the people who are jobless and on the verge of becoming homeless, the Ministry of Home Affairs has come up with some directions on this Sunday, March 29, 2020 – that the employers are directed to pay wages to their workers without any deduction during the period of lockdown. As per this order the landlords are also restrained from collecting rent for a period of one month from workers.

“All the employees be it in the industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment of wages of their workers, at their work places, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period of their establishments are under closure during the lockdown”

“If any landlord is forcing laborers and students to vacate their premises, they will be liable for action under the Disaster Management Act”, as stated in the order.

Home secretary issued this order on Sunday afternoon which invokes the power of centre under section 10(2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

As per the order, the state is directed to ensure that the state and its borders are closed and there should be no movement of the people across the city and highways unless there is an emergency and except for the movement of goods.

According to the directions the district magistrate and the superintendent of police are personally responsible to ensure the safety of the people along with the implementation of these directions made under Disaster Management Act. The states have also been told to ensure that the workers are paid on time without delay and deduction of wages, apart from that the landlords should not demand the house rent from the workers and laborers during this lockdown, also states have the right to take action against those who ask the laborers or students to vacate the premises and to make this order function efficiently the states are provided with adequate funds

The order also states that, ‘anybody who violates the lockdown should be put in a 14 days quarantine in the quarantine rooms provided by the government and have a detailed monitoring as well.’

This lockdown has many repercussions as well, as due to this lockdown there is a huge number of population which has lost its job and the mode to earn their daily bread, there are also large number of people who are on the verge of becoming homeless due to their inefficiency to pay rent.

The centre is at its full force during this pandemic and is keeping a close eye on every activity of the people around the country through various sources, and to solve the problem of the people who are jobless and on the verge of becoming homeless, the Ministry of Home Affairs has come up with some directions on this Sunday, March 29, 2020 – that the employers are directed to pay wages to their workers without any deduction during the period of lockdown. As per this order the landlords are also restrained from collecting rent for a period of one month from workers.

“All the employees be it in the industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment of wages of their workers, at their work places, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period of their establishments are under closure during the lockdown”

“If any landlord is forcing laborers and students to vacate their premises, they will be liable for action under the Disaster Management Act”, as stated in the order.

Home secretary issued this order on Sunday afternoon which invokes the power of centre under section 10(2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

As per the order, the state is directed to ensure that the state and its borders are closed and there should be no movement of the people across the city and highways unless there is an emergency and except for the movement of goods.

According to the directions the district magistrate and the superintendent of police are personally responsible to ensure the safety of the people along with the implementation of these directions made under Disaster Management Act. The states have also been told to ensure that the workers are paid on time without delay and deduction of wages, apart from that the landlords should not demand the house rent from the workers and laborers during this lockdown, also states have the right to take action against those who ask the laborers or students to vacate the premises and to make this order function efficiently the states are provided with adequate funds

The order also states that, ‘anybody who violates the lockdown should be put in a 14 days quarantine in the quarantine rooms provided by the government and have a detailed monitoring as well.’

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