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Kerala decides to use PM CARES fund to help guest workers

The state government of Kerala will use the PM CARE fund for quarantine expenses of guest workers.

  • The Government of Kerala has decided to use the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM CARES) to meet the quarantine expenses of guest workers. The fund will be used for relief and other welfare measures meant for the citizens.
  • As per the latest order issued on Friday, the principal secretary of Revenue and Disaster Management, A Jayathilak said in this statement that PM CASARES fund will be met to meet the needs of accommodation facilities, providing food, medical treatment and other transportation exclusively for the guest workers.
  • The government’s original decision was conveyed to the respective collectors. The decision was that the migrant labourers who had availed free travel facility and returned home, will have to pay for their quarantine unless there are sponsors who are ready to meet their expenses on their behalf, and the facilities would be arranged by district administration or local self-government institutions (LSGI). In the latest news, however, there is no clarity on whether free quarantine will be applicable to those guest workers who have already returned.
  • The latest orders state that expenditure incurred on the guest workers, including food and water other provisions, healthcare is to be certified by the assistant labour officer and the concerned LSGI.
  • This statement of expenditure should be filled in 15 days to the district disaster management authority, with the details of the beneficiaries who availed the assistance.

As many as 3,07,218 guest workers had left the state in the special trains of Shramik. There were about 4.34 lakh guest workers in the various camps organized by the state government during the lockdown period.