Bengaluru, Apr 30 (PTI) The Karnataka government on
Thursday decided to allow migrant workers, tourists, students
and others stranded in different parts of the state due to the
ongoing lockdown to return to their native places, a day after
the Centre issued guidelines for the process.
This will be a one-time movement and the government would
arrange buses for those in need but they should bear the
expenses, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C
He also said people willing to return to the state would
have to undergo tests for COVID-19.
Following the cabinet decision, Chief Secretary T M Vijay
Bhaskar has issued order appointing senior IAS and IPS
officers as the nodal officers to facilitate smooth movement
of people across state borders as per SOPs.
Senior IAS officer Rajkumar Khatri along with IPS officer
Arun Jeji Chakravarthy have been made overall in-charge of
movement of stranded people from outside States and UTs to
Whereas Manjunatha Prasad (IAS) along with P S Sandhu
(IPS) have been made in-charge of movement of stranded people
from Karnataka to other States/UTs.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a decision on the
movement of people and the Centre had issued a circular in
Following this, we have decided to permit interstate and
inter-district movement," Madhuswamy told reporters here.
Travel expenses should be borne by those willing to
return and if they want, the government can provide buses from
the state transport corporations.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued
orders allowing migrant workers, tourists, students and other
people stranded in different parts of the country to move to
their respective destinations with certain conditions, giving
a big relief to the distressed people.
However, a decision on opening of salons and liquor shops
in the state will be taken after May 3.
The minister said permission would be given for one-time
movement of labourers and others who want to go from one
district to other for work or any other purpose.
Those operating industry or establishment and want to
move from place to place for management purpose will be given
passes with strict scrutiny and through checks.
Responding to a query, Madhuswamy said, "we don''t know
yet how many are willing to go, where they will go, if some
one asks for permission, we will permit."
"One family or two or three people want to go, they can
use taxi. If too many people want to go, we will provide
facility through transport corporation buses," he added.
In his order, the Chief Secretary has also appointed
state specific nodal officers (IAS and IPS both) for New Delhi
and northern states, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West
Bengal and North East states, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
The officers will coordinate with their counterparts from
other states and will guide the district administration for
movement of persons, the order said. PTI KSU