Document photograph of guest workers in MGR Central channel boarding the particular train for their home nation. (TOI)
CHENNAI: Giving a breather for businesses based on guest workers, the Tamil Nadu authorities on Monday has issued standard operating procedure (SOP) to earn guest employees from different nations. It’s made it compulsory for companies to register the employees from the labor department’s internet portal, while labourers, who test negative for Covid-19 on entrance to the nation, needs to be under quarantine for 14 days.
The nation-wide lockdown that kicked on March 24 to protect against the spread of Covid-19 had triggered the exodus of guest workers. Almost 4 lakh guest workers left the nation at the special trains to their migrants to their home conditions, while many tens of thousands of guest workers picked for various modes of transportation to come back to their families. This attracted several industries, especially construction, textile, technology and allied businesses into a standstill.
After repeated pleas from several businesses, such as CREDAI, the authorities issued the 10-stage SOP allowing companies to bring their labourers from different nations. They must apply to the various district collector via Tamil Nadu e-pass and supply all details including title, Aadhaar details, set of work.
The business should bear the costs of their transport and make certain all of labourers are screened prior to boarding the car, said Chief Secretary K Shanmugam from the purchase.
On arrival, all people should be analyzed for Covid-19 via RT-PCR together with the firm bearing the price of analyzing. If some of those labourers examine positive, their treatment cost ought to be borne by the various company/manpower agency. People who test negative ought to be supplied with a room quarantine centre for 14 days. If anybody develops symptoms throughout the 14 times, then they need to be analyzed for Covid-19. The employees must be deployed on job just after a compulsory 14-day interval.
Wearing of masks, washing hands and keeping physical distancing ought to be preserved in the worksites. The body temperature of these employees ought to be assessed daily. The authorities asked the workers to comply with the terms of Inter State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service) Act 1979. According to the action, the guest workers must enroll in the labor department portal site and provide details of the company and their Aadhar along with other particulars.
Welcoming the authorities arrangement, chairman of CREDAI’s Tamil Nadu S Sridharan reported they have asked the government to appoint a senior officer from the labor department to assist the businesses to avail the e-pass. In reality, several companies and labor contractors stated though countless labourers prepared to go back to workthey had been not able to deliver them back into TN because of difficulty in procuring the e-pass. /eom/shan/