Aarogya Setu app must for labourers, says CPWD 

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Home Ministry advisory comes ahead of resumption of work at select sites; organisations told to follow SOPs 

  • Central government organisations involved in construction, including various metro rail corporations, were instructed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to ensure that “all labour personnel/staff” returning to work have downloaded the government’s COVID-19 tracking app — Aarogya Setu. 
  • The advisory comes as the Union Home Ministry has relaxed some restrictions from Monday, including for construction activity under certain conditions.  
  • The Ministry issued an order allowing stranded migrant workers to return to their workplaces within the State they are located in, provided they are asymptomatic. 

Pre-conditions 

  • The “action points” that organisations were asked to implement was: “Every organisation should ensure that all labour personnel/staff get Aarogya Setu app downloaded on their mobile, when he/she resumes work.” 
  • The organisations were also asked to make sure there is no resumption of work in coronavirus containment zones and only workers still present at the camps should be asked to return to work at a particular site. 
  • Standard operating procedures, such as those issued by the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) for private developers, taking into account the advice of the Health and Family Welfare and Home Ministries should be prepared and followed, the organisations were told. 

Workers restive 

  • The challenge before the government, there was a possibility that workers living on sites since the lockdown may start leaving.  
  • They are provided with food and conducting temperature checks, but workers are fed up. They want to work. 
  • The government’s welfare measures for construction workers seemed “utopian and impractical”. 
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