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A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of orders passed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Maharashtra government ordering payment of salaries to workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown. (Nagreeka Exports Limited vs Union of India)
On March 29, the MHA had passed an order mandating payment of salaries to industry workers without deduction for the period of the lockdown. Similarly, on March 31, the Maharashtra government passed an order "compelling" industry owners to pay full salaries to staff, workers, contract workers and casual workers for the period of the lockdown.