Send migrants to home within 15 days, withdraw cases : SC to Centre, States

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, June 9: The Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL on the plight of migrant labourers across the country said the Centre must provide additional trains to states within 24 hours of demand and send all migrant labourers stranded away from home with no work to their home states within 15 days.

The court has said further directions on the issue will be are given.

The Supreme Court has also said that all migrant workers will have to be be identified through registration.

A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah issued the directions an asked states that all cases registered against migrants who have allegedly violated coronavirus lockdown orders should be withdrawn.

The order also asked the state governments not to charge migrant labourers for their train or bus journeys and asked states to arrange for their food and water.

The court added that governments of states and Union Territories must submit schemes to give employment to migrants. State governments have also been asked to facilitate counselling for the returning migrant labourers.

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