News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 16 May 2020 19:29pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Supreme Court of India has directed the States of UP and Maharashtra to file an affidavit regarding steps being taken by nodal officers to help migrant workers
  • Petitioner said there is no nodal officer in Uttar Pradesh who can be contacted.
  • Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the government is making arrangements to take the migrant laborers home.

The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Center, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra government seeking a reply in two weeks on a petition demanding migrant laborers to be transported to their home in Uttar Pradesh from Maharashtra. On the other hand, the court has refused to consider the petition filed in the case of migrant laborers falling on the road across the country. The court said how he could stop or monitor the workers on foot. This is the work of the government.
The above order was passed by a three-member bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao in two separate cases raising the issue of migrant laborers. A petition has been filed by Mumbai lawyer Sagir Ahmed Khan seeking to send migrant laborers from Maharashtra to their homes in safe Uttar Pradesh. Not only this, but the petitioner has also offered to give 25 lakh rupees for their rent to take home to migrant laborers of Basti and Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
During the hearing on Friday, the lawyer said that there is no nodal officer in Uttar Pradesh who can be contacted. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was present in the court on behalf of the central government, said that the government is making arrangements to take the migrant laborers home. Labor trains are being run. Nodal officers at the local level have been appointed to look after the arrangements. The top court, after hearing the arguments of both the parties, has issued a notice to the government asking them to explain the arrangements.
Apart from this, in a petition filed by advocate Alakh Alok Shrivastava, the subject of workers walking on the road and losing their lives in various accidents has been raised in different places across the country. The apex court said on the petition that the source of your information is only news reports. The bench said how the court can stop them from walking. How can the court monitor them? This work belongs to the government. The government will see the system. To this Tushar Mehta said that the government has made arrangements to reach the laborers' house, yet people are walking on foot without waiting for their turn. They are difficult to stop. Forced stopping may have the opposite effect. The court rejected this petition, refusing to consider it.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 17 May 2020 17:16pm IST


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