Government today said that it is committed to identify, isolate and quarantine COVID-19 positive Tabligh Jamaat workers in India post their congregation in Nizamuddin, Delhi. The Home Ministry had shared details of Tabligh Jamaat workers in India with all States on 21st of this month after COVID-19 positive cases surfaced in Telangana.
By Sunday, nearly 162 Tabligh Jamaat workers were medically screened and shifted to quarantine facilities. So far, 1339 workers have been shifted to Narela, Sultanpuri and Bakkarwala quarantine facilities as well as to LNJP, RGSS, GTB, DDU Hospitals and AllMS, Jhajjar. Rest of them are being currently medically screened for COVID-19 infections. State Police will examine visas of all these foreign workers and take further action in case of violation of visa conditions.
The swift action was taken with a view to identify, isolate and quarantine workers who might be COVID-19 positive. Instructions were also issued by Home Ministry to Chief Secretaries and DGPs of all States as well as Delhi Police Commissioner.
Meanwhile, the workers staying in the Markaz in Nizamuddin, Delhi, were also persuaded for medical screening by State authorities and Police.
Usually, all the foreign nationals visiting India as a part of Tabligh team come on the strength of tourist visa. Home Ministry had already issued guidelines that they should not indulge in missionary work on tourist visa. State Police would be examining categories of visas of all these foreign Tabligh workers and take further action in case of violation of visa conditions.