Migrant labour moving from Bangalore towards Tamil Nadu
Migrant labour moving from Bangalore towards Tamil Nadu

Supreme Court asks Centre to look into movement of Migrant Workers between states, disposes of plea seeking relief

Debayan Roy

The Supreme Court today disposed of a petition seeking relief for migrant workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown, while asking the Centre to take action on the issue of "movement of persons between states."

The matter was heard today by a three-judge Bench of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had filed an application in his own plea before the Supreme Court seeking urgent interim directions to ensure that rights of migrant workers are safeguarded and basic essentials such as food, water, shelter and medical aid are provided to them during the nationwide lockdown.

Today, the Bench sought to verify the information it received that movement of migrant workers between states has stopped.

To this, the petitioner replied that a few state governments had stated that they will provide transportation to help migrant workers reach their native villages.

However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) status report filed before the Court mentions that there is no inter-state movement allowed, and that complete restrictions were now in place.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also informed Court that the MHA had issued guidelines against any such movement.

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