In a tight slap to the inadequate arrangements made for the migrant workers flocking to their homelands, Supreme Court on Thursday gave a detailed interim order about the transportation of migrant labourers. Regarding the issue which turned debatable in recent times, the apex court shot some serious searching questions to the centre and state governments.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah expressed discontentment over the central government about the confusion over the payment of travel fare of stranded migrant workers. The bench further lashed out on the government for charging fares on migrants who are striving hard to meet their ends. “When a migrant worker wishes to go to a state, no state can say that we will not take you,” remarked the top court.
Rounding it off, here are the five legit questions SC shot which left the central government in a fix,
- Why are migrants being charged to travel back to their homelands for reason that is completely out of their hands?
- Why aren’t state governments providing food and shelter to the stranded migrants?
- Why are the respective state government blocking the migrants and further pushing the blame on innocent them in return?
- Why isn’t government providing any assurance to the migrants walking hundreds of kilometres on highways?
Further, the Supreme Court has instructed the government to take up registrations of the migrant workers and ensure that they board the train or bus at an early date. Complete information should be provided to all concerned. The state governments were also ordered to provide food, water and shelter to the migrants walking on the highways and that the