India’s internal migration flow alters with the seasons, with millions of workers heading to cities for most months of the year to build cars, load ships, or clean houses, work in different places to feed their families, before going home in time for the village harvest.
According to the new guidelines for phased re-opening restrictions on inter-state movement were removed by the government.On the arrival at their destination, the people coming from the stranded places would be assessed by the local health authorities and kept in home quarantine, unless the assessment requires keeping the person(s) in institutional quarantine. They would be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups. Aarogya Setu app is made compulsory for everyone , so that their health status can be monitored and tracked.
MEASURES TAKEN BY THE VILLAGES
• Four villages under Badtika Panchayat in Agalpur block of Balangir have turned their own houses in isolation centres for the migrants returning home, so that they can control the spread of virus to remaining population of the village.
• The Sarpanch of Hara village in Pathankot district of Punjab carried out door to door campaign to explain to families on preventive measures for COVID-19. She stitched face masks by herself. She closed roads linking other villages and made check posts at all entry points to the village. The government school has been converted into an isolation ward under the Sarpanch’s supervision.
• The residents in the Urbanised village – Shahpur Jat , South Delhi , Malviya Nagar have voluntarily created a contaminated zone , that is, from the Phase one of lockdown blocked their entry with barricades and restricted the entry of any outsider to protect themselves from Novel Coronavirus.
All the Village Panchayats and the villagers are standing together in the time of Pandemic to protect each other.