CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says thousands will be brought back in a planned way

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government will bring back labourers stranded in other states because of the Coronavirus-forced lockdown, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday.

Taking a review meeting of COVID-19 situation at the state secretariat he asked the senior officers to prepare a plan along with the list of labourers stranded in other states.

An official release said the CM also spoke with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra labourers for the cooperation in the process. Elaborate arrangements will be made for screening and testing of labourers returning home at the borders of districts, he said.

The government of Madhya Pradesh is already providing Rs 1,000 assistance to labourers stranded in other states. A team senior IAS was tasked with identifying and locating the residents of Madhya Pradesh in other states.

Simultaneously, labourers from other states stranded in Madhya Pradesh will also be permitted to go back to their states. For this, they will be able to use their own means or those provided by their state governments.

The CM said that the workers stranded within Madhya Pradesh in the districts will be able to travel back to their districts. Instructions are being issued to the officials in this connection.

Movement from Containment Area and Indore district restricted. No labourers will be allowed to move from the infected areas of the state and from Indore district. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to complete all arrangements in this regard so that the labourers do not face any problem.

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