Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) The West Bengal government here on Saturday took a series of measures to prevent movement of migrant labourers.
It asked the district administrations to arrange temporary shelters and food, and also directed employers to pay full wages on the due day, irrespective of the fact that their establishments were shut due to the nationwide lockdown.
The order, issued by the state Chief Secretary, also warned of action against landlords evicting students and labourers, and directed them not to demand rent for one month.
The order mandated strict surveillance and daily monitoring of migrants and foreign returnees, already under home/institutional quarantine. In case of violation, they would be moved to institution quarantine facilities for 14 days.
“The people, who manage to move into the state in spite of these restrictions, shall be necessarily kept at the nearest government quarantine facility for a minimum period of 14 days as per the standard health protocol,” the order said.