Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Labour Politics

Meghalaya sets stringent guidelines for migrant workers

Cabinet approves draft rules as per recently passed law to check influx of migrant labourers

Sabrangindia 10 Dec 2020

migrant workers

In September 2020, Meghalaya enacted the The Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Act. On December 7, the state Cabinet approved the draft rules of the Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Rule 2020 to prevent an unchecked influx of migrant workers in the state.

As per the new rules, migrant workers would be required to register themselves and obtain a registration card prior to engaging in any manner of work in the state. Any migrant worker or their employer found to be violating this rule will be fined. The Registering Officer is required to maintain a register with the Migrant worker’s local address, contact details, name and address of the owner of the establishment. The migrant worker’s Aadhaar or Election Photo Identity Card, permanent address and contact details of next kin would also be recorded.

Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Labour, told The Sentinel Assam, “The cabinet has approved the draft rules framed by the labour department. Once the rules are in place, the implementation for registration of labourers will immediately take off.”

The Act passed in September 2020, says, “Every Migrant Worker shall have to register himself/herself and obtain a separate Registration Card as issued under the provisions of this Act and rules made thereunder.” It adds, “It shall be the duty of every person, employing or engaging any Migrant Worker in any manner whatsoever to ensure the registration of such Migrant Worker failing which, the owner of any such establishment shall be liable to a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.” Similarly, any migrant worker if found to be working in Meghalaya in violation of the law “shall be imposed with a fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.”

The entire Act may be viewed here:

 

Related:

Why is the government still ignoring migrants’ lives?

Gov't admits that over 1 crore migrant labourers returned home on foot!

Meghalaya sets stringent guidelines for migrant workers

Cabinet approves draft rules as per recently passed law to check influx of migrant labourers

migrant workers

In September 2020, Meghalaya enacted the The Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Act. On December 7, the state Cabinet approved the draft rules of the Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Rule 2020 to prevent an unchecked influx of migrant workers in the state.

As per the new rules, migrant workers would be required to register themselves and obtain a registration card prior to engaging in any manner of work in the state. Any migrant worker or their employer found to be violating this rule will be fined. The Registering Officer is required to maintain a register with the Migrant worker’s local address, contact details, name and address of the owner of the establishment. The migrant worker’s Aadhaar or Election Photo Identity Card, permanent address and contact details of next kin would also be recorded.

Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Labour, told The Sentinel Assam, “The cabinet has approved the draft rules framed by the labour department. Once the rules are in place, the implementation for registration of labourers will immediately take off.”

The Act passed in September 2020, says, “Every Migrant Worker shall have to register himself/herself and obtain a separate Registration Card as issued under the provisions of this Act and rules made thereunder.” It adds, “It shall be the duty of every person, employing or engaging any Migrant Worker in any manner whatsoever to ensure the registration of such Migrant Worker failing which, the owner of any such establishment shall be liable to a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.” Similarly, any migrant worker if found to be working in Meghalaya in violation of the law “shall be imposed with a fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.”

The entire Act may be viewed here:

 

Related:

Why is the government still ignoring migrants’ lives?

Gov't admits that over 1 crore migrant labourers returned home on foot!

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives