Odisha govt to shelter migrant workers at schools

Bhubaneswar: In a sigh of relief for migrant workers who are heading towards their native places in Odisha amid countrywide lockdown for coronavirus outbreak, the State Government has decided to provide them shelter at schools and hostel buildings.

All district collectors and municipal commissioners have been directed by the government to make all basic amenities available to them till the lockdown period is over.

“Due to the statewide lockdown declared in the state of Odisha in the wake of COVID-19, a large number of migrant workers inside and outside the state of Odisha have decided to leave their workplace and return to their hometowns/villages. Due to the lockdown and stopping of public transport arrangements, it is hereby directed that the District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners may use the closed down school and hostel buildings as temporary shelters to house such stranded migrant labourers in their districts/ municipal corporations and make all basic amenities available to them till the lockdown period is over, following social distancing guidelines,” an order of the GA & PG Department said.

Also read- COVID-19 Outbreak: Migrant Labourers In Odisha Walk Thousands Of Miles To Reach Homes.

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