Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today decided that stranded labourers, who wish to travel within the State for work, will be allowed to do so in an organised manner.
The State Revenue and Disaster Management Department said stranded labourers, both from the state and outside, who have already completed 14-day quarantine period would be allowed to commence work.
Due to the nationwide lockdown in the wake of Covid-19, around 86,000 workers, including 16,000 from within Odisha, are being accommodated in 2,610 camps in various districts. Most of them have already completed 14-day quarantine period.
Stranded labourers in #Odisha, who have already completed 14-day quarantine period, are allowed to commence work within the State & the agencies/contractors can transport them to workplaces in dedicated & designated vehicles: Revenue & DM Dept#OdishaFightsCorona #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/F57H5oAqUI
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The government has finalised guidelines for their movement and work. The factories, agencies and contractors will have to transport them from camps to work sites in designated buses, maintaining social distancing, according to the order.
The industries, agencies and contractors will report the workers' details, place of work and buses to the District Collector, through the District Labour Officer. The District Collectors will issue passes to such contractors within the state for the purpose.
Since these stranded labourers have completed the recommended 14-day isolation at their respective camps, the recipient local authorities, executive officer, collector shall not insist upon their further quarantine, to facilitate their immediate joining of workforce.
In Odisha, the total reported cases of coronavirus stood at 94. While there are 60 active cases in the State at present, 33 persons have recovered from the disease and one has died.
(With IANS inputs)