Centre asks States to seal borders to prevent migrant exodus

RSTV Bureau
File Photo-Migrants travelling back to their homes. (PTI Photo)

File Photo-Migrants travelling back to their homes. (PTI Photo)

The Central Government on Sunday initiated tough measures in the wake of the exodus of migrant workers triggered by the novel Corona virus lockdown

It asked state governments to effectively seal the state and district borders to prevent movement of people during lockdown.

The Central Government also asked state governments to ensure that all kinds of facilities are provided to the migrant laborers at their place of work.

It also instructed the state governments to ensure that the workers are paid their salaries on time. Further state governments have also been asked to take strict action against house owners asking student or labourer tenants to vacate houses.

Meanwhile on Sunday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed  addressed his Mann Ki Baat program.

Apologising to the people for the hardships being faced by them due to the lockdown, the Prime Minister said the step had been necessary to save the country and the citizens.

Calling the the fight against the Corona virus a fight between life and death that had to be won at any cost, the Prime Minister described the present situation as an urgent need to increase social distancing and decrease emotional distancing.

Prime Minister Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country from midnight of March 24. Calling it a decisive battle against the global pandemic ‘COVID-19′, Prime Minister said that he was appealing to all countrymen not to leave their house because it is the only way to break the chain of the deadly infection.