The Union Home Ministry on Saturday changed the rules for assistance under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), facilitating the availability of money for food and temporary accommodation for migrant workers during the 21-day lockdown.
In a communication to all chief secretaries, the Ministry also said medical care and clothing can be provided to migrant workers during the lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the new rules of the SDRF, provision for temporary accommodation, food, clothing medical cure etc., would be applicable to homeless people, including migrant labourers, stranded due to lockdown measures and sheltered in relief camps and other places, a Home Ministry official said.
There have been reports of a large number of migrant workers leaving their workplaces in different parts of the country and walking down to their native places, hundreds of kilometres away facing hardships on the way.
The migrant workers are left with no option but to walk as normal transport services have been hit after the announcement of the nationwide lockdown by PM Modi on Tuesday.