States to use Rs 29,000 cr SDR fund for food, shelter to migrants: MHA

The Center on Saturday asked state and territory governments to use the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), to which Rs 29,000 crore has been allocated for the next fiscal year, to provide food and shelter for migrant workers affected by the 21 days. confinement.

Interior Ministry deputy secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said the central government had also asked states and UTs to set up camps for migrant workers fleeing cities and to carry out their health checks.

Srivastava said the Interior Ministry had asked state and UT governments to use SDRF money to provide food and temporary shelter for unorganized sector workers affected by the foreclosure .

“Within the framework of the SDRF, whatever the allocation of the current year, for next year, a total of Rs 29,000 crore has been allocated to the States within the framework of the SDRF. Consequently, there is Sufficient funds with states under the SDRF. We hope that with this fund, states and UTs can help migrant workers, “she said at a press conference here.

Srivastava said that the Union’s interior secretary, Ajay Bhalla, wrote another letter on Saturday asking them to open camps for migrant workers and provide them with food and shelter.

States and UTs were also invited to communicate on the availability of free food and accommodation for migrant workers through the public address system, volunteers and other means of communication, she said.

Friday, the Minister of the Interior in his letter to the chief secretaries also highlighted the issue of the difficulties faced by workers in the unorganized sector. State DGPs have also been informed of the same.

“The Interior Ministry is constantly in talks with states and UTs on the issue of migrant workers,” she said, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that migrants obtain information about these facilities.

Regarding the availability of essentials during the foreclosure, the co-secretary said that the Department of the Interior, along with states and UTs, constantly monitors the movement of essentials and the enforcement of the foreclosure.

Asked about the issue of rising prices in parts of the country, she said states and UTs are monitoring the situation and taking action whenever such incidents become known.

“The Interior Ministry has already authorized the transport of goods so that no such incident occurs,” she said.

On the issue of migrants who find it difficult to pay rent to landlords, Srivastava said it was a very important problem and that the central government insisted that migrant workers stay wherever they were.

“Instructions have also been given to inform employers. State governments are aware of this problem and are taking action,” she said.

Asked about the possibility that migrant workers are carriers of the disease, Srivastava said that the Minister of the Interior in his letter specifically spoke of providing accommodation for migrant workers as well as health checks so that their health parameters are known. regularly.

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