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MHA Order Dt. 19.5.2020 Regarding Revised SoPs on Movement of Stranded Workers by Trains


In continuation of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Oder No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 17th May 2020, and in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 10(2)(I) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned, in his capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, hereby issue revised Standard Operating Protocol (SOP), on the movement of stranded workers by trains, as annexed, in supersession of MHA Order of even number dated 1st May 2020, for strict implementation by Ministries /Departments of Government of India, State/ Union Territory Governments and State/ Union Territory Authorities.

To: ( As per list attached)

  1. The Secretaries of Ministries/ Departments of Government of India.
  2. The Chief Secretaries/ Administrators of State/ Union Territories.

Copy to:

i) All members of the National Executive Committee.

ii) Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority.


Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for movement of stranded workers by train

Due to lockdown, migrant workers are stranded in different places. They would be allowed to move by trains as under:

i. Movement of Shramik Special trains shall be permitted by the Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

ii. All States/ UTs should designate nodal authorities and make necessary arrangements for receiving and sending such stranded persons.

iii. The train schedule including stoppages and destination shall be finalized by MoR based on the requirements of the States/ UTs and shall be communicated by MoR to the States/ UTs for making suitable arrangements for sending and receiving such stranded workers.

iv. Train schedule, protocols for entry and movement of passengers; services to be provided in coaches; and arrangements with States/ UTs for booking of tickets shall be publicized by MoR.

v. Sending States/ UTs and MoR shall ensure that all passengers shall be compulsorily screened, and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the train.

vi. During boarding and travel, all passengers will have to observe social distancing.

vii. On arrival at their destination, the traveling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State/ UT.

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MHA Order Dt. 19.5.2020 Regarding Revised SoPs on Movement of Stranded Workers by Trains



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