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COVID-19 lockdown: Migrants in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh sprayed with disinfectants 

COVID-19 lockdown: Migrants in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh sprayed with disinfectants 

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 March 2020 12:10 PM GMT

NEW DELHI: Migrants who reached Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh after special buses were arranged for them underwent sanitization after officials sprayed disinfectants on them.

According to reports, it was bleach or something that was not meant for human.

Those officials who took the decision said that there was no other option and that it was a mixture of chlorine and water.

Netizens have highly criticised this act.

District Magistrate of the area tweeted:

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that following directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government has committed all support to home-bound migrant workers during the lockdown period.

Shah made this statement while reviewing the country’s preparedness to contain the spread of COVID-19 on Saturday.

The Union Home Secretary has again written to the States requesting them to immediately set up relief camps for migrant workers/pilgrims and others who are returning to their domicile States or trying to do so during this lockdown period.

“States have been advised to give wide publicity and awareness, using public address systems, technology and by utilizing the services of volunteers and NGOs, to provide precise information on the following aspects:

“(i) Location of these relief camps and the facilities being made available, and (ii) Relief package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and the measures being taken by the State government administration,” Shah said.

“States have been also advised to set up relief camps along the highways for people moving on highways, including the setting up of tented accommodation to ensure that these persons will stay in the relief camps till the lockdown orders are in place. The shelters are to be organized, keeping in view various precautions including social distancing, with adequate medical checkup drives to identify and separate cases requiring quarantine or hospitalization,” the Union Home Minister added.

The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) has also authorized all States to use the ‘State Disaster Response Fund’ for providing such relief measures.

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