May 4, 2020.
By Sharvari Loahakre.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that the permitted inter-state movement is only for the people stranded due to the lockdown. The entire relaxation is meant for stranded people and not otherwise.
Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued a clarification which stated that the order given by Ministry of Home Affairs to allow inter-state movement of people amid lockdown is exclusively for the people stranded. This arrangement is not applicable to the people who are otherwise residing normally at places other than native places for work purpose et cetera and those who wish to visit their native place for a normal course. It also made clear that the said relaxation is for distressed people and not the other. The order given by the Ministry of Home Affairs is meant to facilitate movement of such stranded people, who had vacated their native places just before the lockdown period and could not return to their native places due to the restrictions put on movement due to the lockdown.
Currently, the lockdown has been extended till May 17, 2020. In the lockdown 3.0, a few relaxations are granted and permissions are given for the inter-state movement of stranded labour or students. In this regard, Indian Railways has started operating special ‘shramik trains’ to ferry stranded migrant labour, students and pilgrims across the country. This service however is only meant for stranded people identified and brought to the railway stations by state government officials. Around 10 ‘shramik trains’ were operated on Friday and Saturday to Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
There are many students stranded at Kota for educational process. With a lot of requests from the students and their parents, various state governments are sending buses to bring back stranded students from Kota. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi have made arrangements to bring back students from Kota, Rajasthan.
The movement among various containments zones is still restricted except for essential purposes. Lockdown 3.0 has brought many relaxations to the relief of frantic public.