Adv. Varun Singh submits to the Bench that it is the Responsibility of govt to mitigate the workers’ issues. He draws corollaries between how usa and uk have handled. “Why am I being made to suffer as an industry ?”
Adv. Jeetender Gupta now refers to Sec. 35(c) of the DMA, “We are not against workers, i’m only saying that in terms of sec 35(c), the govt should have created a fund for mitigating the problems of workers”.
Sr. Adv. CU Singh submits, “If they have means, why should Supreme Court under Article 32 be called upon fo interfere then? As of now no prosecution has been initiated”.
Sr. Adv. JP Cama now submits, “This notification cannot be taken into account on a piecemeal basis. The GOI’s consistent stand has always been to seek cooperation from the management. Many state governments have refused to pay full wages.”
Jaising, “Principal of no work no pay is not applicable in the present circumstances, especially when there is lockdown. This argument holds no water. It is DMA which is governing the whole country. I urge you not to quash the notif. Only MSMEs have come and have gotten relief.”
Sr. Adv. Anand Grover, “If govt. can order lockdown, then it has the power to issue other orders too, it allows centre to issue all necessary orders.”
Jaising, “We are talking about the poorest of the poor here. We are talking about those people who don’t have roofs over their heads, dont have food. They say they don’t want to pay contractors, ask them how much they pay their contractual workers ?”