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Migrants have contributed to development of the city: Karnataka HC urges state to reconsider decision to stop requisition of Shramik trains

The state government informed the Court that it has taken a policy decision to refrain from requisitioning more Shramik special trains, considering the fact that the COVID-19 situation in the state has worsened.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today urged the state government to reconsider its decision to close down mustering centres and stop Shramik special trains transporting migrant workers from Bangalore to their home states.

The state government informed the Court today that it has taken a policy decision to refrain from requisitioning more Shramik special trains, considering the fact that the COVID-19 situation in the state has worsened.

After hearing the parties, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar passed the following set of directions:

  • A List of persons has been submitted by AICCTU to Nodal officers from June 25 to July 7. Nodal officers to file an affidavit regarding action taken based on list of workers submitted by AICCTU and state whether those persons have been sent back.

  • He must also state whether the workers were contacted and asked whether they want to go back.

  • He must also state whether data available regarding migrants wanting to go back was taken before arriving at the policy decision and place it on record by July 13.

  • State government to address the Court on the status of migrants who have chosen to stay back in Bangalore.

  • State to also place on record whether there is any data of migrant workers who are returning and whether employment is available for such returnees. The affidavit in this regard is to be filed by July 20.

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