The Supreme Court will pronounce its judgment on Tuesday in a suo motu matter titled “In Re: Problems and Miseries of Migrant Labourers” dealing with the problems and miseries of migrant labourers who had been stranded in the different parts of the Country amid the COVID19 pandemic. The Court had reserved its verdict on June 11, 2021.
The Supreme Court was told that the Central government had not come up with a solution on providing rations to migrant workers who did not have ration cards. The case is from 2020 when migrant labourers were forced to walk to their villages after the nationwide lockdown without any rations.
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central government and the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to come up with their proposals and plans on providing relief to stranded migrant labourers in the near-lockdowns imposed in the three states.
The Supreme Court has held: "When the court passed specific orders directing the states to file affidavits, the court’s intention was to see the working of the aforesaid acts. Non-filing of affidavit clearly indicates that the states are not interested in implementing the aforesaid enactments.”
Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta & Justice Anuja Prabhudessai observed that the West Bengal government, at one point of time, had even refused to allow labourers from other parts of the country to return to their homes in West Bengal.