After the circular from the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing movement of stranded ‘migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons’ Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) took up the matter with Uttar Pradesh government and allowed students to move to their respective hometowns from 1st May 2020.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has also announced that it will be closed throughout May and June 2020 and advised the students to avail the facility of transportation that will be arranged. Travel arrangements by buses have initially made by the district administration for students residing in Uttar Pradesh; it will soon be followed for those hailing from Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, etc. AMU registrar Abdul Hamid IPS said, “the process of transportation of students will start from May 1, 2020, and buses will be available at the Proctor’s office”.
The Central Government provided guidelines regarding the movement of stranded students and migrant workers in the circular from the Ministry of Home Affairs issued on 29th April 2020. If a stranded person wants to travel from one state to another, the sending and receiving states should mutually agree to the movement by road, the circular highlights. The moving people will be screened and allowed to proceed only if found asymptomatic.
The situation in the city of Aligarh is tense as the number of cases has risen quite steeply, and the district administration has locked horns with the doctors of JNMC on the issue of blaming each other for the spread of COVID-19.
On reaching their destination, the local health authorities must check the persons and ensure their home quarantine or institutional quarantine, if required. “For this purpose, such persons may be encouraged to use Aarogya Setu app through which their health status can be monitored and tracked.”