On Tuesday, the SC said that it has taken notice of the “problems and miseries of stranded migrant labourers. The notice issued by the bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.R. Shah, reads, “The newspaper reports and the media reports have been continuously showing the unfortunate and miserable conditions of the migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances.”
The apex court has issued notices to the Centre, states and Union Territories, seeking replies on steps taken to “redeem the miseries of migrant labourers.”
SC Notices The Complaints Of Stranded Migrant Workers
The SC further informed about the complaints by workers deprived of food and water. It added, “In the present situation of lockdown in the entire country, this section of the society needs succour and help by the concerned governments, especially steps need to be taken by the government of India, state governments/Union Territories in this difficult situation to extend a helping hand to these migrant labourers.”
Recently on May 15, the SC declined to entertain a plea by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava. The plea requested the Centre to ask all district magistrates to identify stranded migrant workers. The request further said to provide shelter and food to them before ensuring their free transportation home. This plea made because of the incident at Aurangabad. In the incident, goods train mowed down 16 migrant workers.
“How can we stop it?” the bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao had observed, adding that states should take necessary action on these issues.
Earlier, on March 31, the SC heard public interest litigation filed. This PIL filed for the redressal of grievances of migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The PIL specifically sought directions for government authorities to provide shelter and basic amenities to the migrant workers.
The apex court, on the day, passed an order asking print, electronic and social media to refer to and publish the official version about developments about the pandemic.