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Migrant workers in GIDC to undergo COVID-19 test

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Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has decided to test all migrant workers who will return to work at GIDC estates across the state.

The decision is among a host taken by the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

  

Gujarat has been recording a consistent rise in COVID-19 cases for the last one month.

GIDC MD M Thennarasan said that if migrant workers test positive they will be put under home quarantine. 

He said medical facilities will also be provided to them. 

GIDC has asked concerned heads of various associations within these units to ensure these facilities are made available.

Thousands of migrant workers from Gujarat and Maharashtra left for their home states after the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

They left as they found it difficult to survive without work. 

But many are now returning following Unlock. 

Moreover, many have failed to find work in their home states too.

Why now?

Sources in the know said several cases of COVID-19 were reported from GIDC units across the state.

They said all migrant workerrs across all GIDC units of the state will be tested now. 

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Government has already alerted health officials of Ahmedabad and Surat.

M Thennarasan, MD, GIDC said, “All migrant workers across all GIDC in the state will be tested for COVID-19.”

“Gujarat has approximately 230 GIDC in the state which employs 14 lakh workers,” he said. 

Thennarasan said the majority of them had returned to their home state during the lockdown.

But now several are returning home and they have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 screening.

If tested positive, they will be quarantined within the GIDC and treated there itself.

 Initially, the plan will be implemented in GIDCs of Ahmedabad and Surat and will later cover other districts as well.

COVID-19 in GIDC estates

  • The Pandesara Industrial Cooperative Society in Pandesara GIDC in Surat was asked to conduct Rapid Antigen tests for migrant workers after the areas recorded a surge in COVID-19 cases.
  • A pharma firm operating its unit in a GIDC in Ankleshwar was shut down after 17 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19.

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