Supreme Court hearing on migrant crisis: No bus, train fare for workers; apex court orders state govts to arrange for their shelter, food

The Supreme Court further directed that the originating state should provide food and water to the migrant workers and thereafter the Railways should provide the same during travel.

FP Staff May 28, 2020 17:15:17 IST
Supreme Court hearing on migrant crisis: No bus, train fare for workers; apex court orders state govts to arrange for their shelter, food

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that no fares for trains or buses should be charged from migrant workers returning home due to the coronavirus lockdown. The court also ordered that migrant workers seen walking on roads should be taken to shelter homes and should be "provided food and all facilities".

The court's order came after strongly-worded arguments between Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and lawyers appearing for migrant workers' collectives.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah said that the Railways should pay for a part of the fare but no fare should be taken from migrant workers.

Supreme Court hearing on migrant crisis No bus train fare for workers apex court orders state govts to arrange for their shelter food

Representational image. AP

The court further directed that the originating state should provide food and water and thereafter the Railways should provide the same during travel. It further said that thereafter, state shall give transport, food and meals from stations to their villages.

Also, the judges asked state governments to speed up the registration process of migrant workers and build help desks near places where they are stranded, and asked them to ensure that information regarding this process is publicised.

Bar and Bench quoted the Supreme Court bench as saying in the order, "There are several lapses and difficulties which are being noticed in process of registration, transportation, and providing food and shelter to migrant. Even after registration workers wait from weeks to months to board buses or trains. Large number can be seen on foot."

The next hearing of the case is on 5 June. By then, state governments have been asked to place information before the court on the number of migrant workers awaiting transportation, the plan for transporting them, the registration mechanism and other requisite details.

Follow LIVE updates on coronavirus outbreak here

On 26 May, the court had taken suo motu cognisance of the migrant crisis and issued notices to the Centre and all state governments.

The Supreme Court bench had observed in their notice to the governments of India and all states and UTs that despite several steps taken to ensure the well-being of migrant, lapses on the administrations' part cannot be ruled out.

Updated Date:

also read

India logs 8,822 fresh COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in the past 24 hours
India

India logs 8,822 fresh COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in the past 24 hours

The count of active cases now comprises 0.12 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.66 per cent, the health ministry said

COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives in first year, say scientists
World

COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives in first year, say scientists

The main finding — 19.8 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented — is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred during the time period. Using only reported COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million deaths averted by vaccines

Surge in COVID-19 cases: States asked to submit 'larger number' of samples for whole genome sequencing
India

Surge in COVID-19 cases: States asked to submit 'larger number' of samples for whole genome sequencing

The direction was issued during a meeting of the INSACOG, which reviewed the COVID-19 data to check the possibility of any new emerging variant or sub-variant and ascertain the reasons behind the breakthrough infections