News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 28 May 2020 20:23pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the originating state shall provide meals and water at the station and during the journey, the Railways would provide the same to the migrant workers.
  • Bench also said that food and water be also provided to them for travel in buses.
  • Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, said, “Some originating state pays, some receiving states are paying and some states are reimbursing…

During the hearing on the plight of migrant laborers during the coronavirus lockdown, the Supreme Court said that no bus or train fare would be charged from migrant workers. They should be provided with food by the state. Food and water should be provided by the railways in trains.
The court also said that migrant workers going on foot should be immediately taken to the shelter sites and food and all basic facilities should be provided. The court said that it was concerned with the difficulties of migrants to reach their place of origin. It has found many flaws in the process of registration, transportation, and provision of food and water. The court asked all the states to submit their details by Friday (June 5) on the help being given to the migrant laborers. The hearing will be held again on Friday.
Earlier, the Centre informed that 91 lakh migrants have been shifted to their destinations so far. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre in the court, said that 80 percent of the expatriates are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Significantly, the Supreme Court has taken Suo moto cognizance of the plight of migrant laborers. A three-member bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre and the states on the pathetic condition of these workers trapped in different parts of the country. The court had issued an order to answer them on 28th May i.e. today. The court also sought the assistance of the Solicitor General on the case.
The three-member bench sought to know from the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared on behalf of the Centre during the hearing through video conference, what kind of confusion is there about the payment of the fare for the journey of these workers. The bench said in clear terms that these workers should not be forced to pay the fare for their journey back home.
Human rights activist Medha Patkar has also filed a petition regarding the condition of the workers. In his petition, she has asked for a guideline to create a uniform platform, which can be used for ticketing system by all expatriates. The petition sought appropriate governments (central and state governments) and concerned authorities to direct the concerned authorities to provide shelter, food, and other basic needs to migrant workers returning home on foot. Patkar also said that these migrant laborers should be provided financial assistance, as well as a scheme for their employment, should be started after lockdown.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 14:19pm IST


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