Lack of coordination in Lockdown 4.0, center states could not formulate concrete policy on migrant workers


In the lockdown of the fourth phase of the Corona crisis, the coordination between the Center and the states is not visible as before. There was also a lack of coordination in the states’ exit plans. Many states are facilitating by interpreting the Center’s instructions in their own way, adding to the confusion and also bringing in complaints.

In Delhi, all personnel have been asked by SCERT to serve as normal while the central government has requested that 50 percent of the personnel be called. Likewise, West Bengal refused to accept the curfew. Guidelines regarding migrant workers remained on paper in most states. Sources said that even after the Center’s instructions, the lack of coordination between the states in running trains and buses is apparent to workers.

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After giving more powers to the states in the fourth phase of the lockdown, there is also a lack of control from the Center over the Disaster Act. The determination of criminal measures against the violation of the law by the Center is also not implemented equally in the states. According to sources, there was confusion about the lockdown instructions from the start. As a result, the Center had to provide more than a hundred clarifications in several cases, but the engagement that was visible has been broken in many places. Especially in the name of workers, the Center and many states have come face to face.

At the same time, there was a fierce tug-of-war between the states. The crisis remains constant due to the lack of a single policy for the migrant workers. Sources say the Center’s dialogue with states is ongoing. The officials appointed by the Ministry of Interior are working for coordination with the states, but political decisions do not fully implement the consensus reached in the meetings on the road. States’ economic crisis overshadows advice to strictly implement lockdown provision. The states are struggling with an economic crisis. This increases the pressure on them to determine policy according to local circumstances.