Taking note of the miseries of stranded migrants across the country, the Supreme Court on Thursday passed a slew of significant directions.
They are :
The bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah also directed the Centre to place on record information regarding number of migrants awaiting , transportation to native places, plan for transportation and mechanism of registration and other requisite details.
"We believe that the centre and state governments require to be given some time to bring the steps taken by them on record. At present, looking at the miseries of the #migrantworkers, we are of the view that some Interim Directions need to be issued"- Supreme Court— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 28, 2020
"We believe that the centre and state governments require to be given some time to bring the steps taken by them on record. At present, looking at the miseries of the #migrantworkers, we are of the view that some Interim Directions need to be issued"- Supreme Court
The matter has been adjourned till June 5.
During the hearing, the bench posed several questions to the Central Government on the issues concerning migrant workers, who have been stranded during the lockdown.
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It was on May 26 that the Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the migrants crisis, which had been on going since the announcement of country-wide lockdown on March 24. The Court said that there were "inadequacies and certain lapses" in the measures taken by the governments for migrants welfare.
"We take suo motu cognisance of problems and miseries of migrant labourers who had been stranded in different parts of the country. The newspaper reports and the media reports have been continuously showing the unfortunate and miserable conditions of the migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances", the bench said.
Shortly before that, a group of 20 leading advocates had submitted a representation before the CJI, complaining that the Court's passivity in the issue resulted in the executive going unchecked amidst a grave humanitarian crisis. They said that the Court was showing "excessive deference" to the executive, by showing unwillingness to question the Central Government's "patently false" claims.
Several former judges, and senior advocates, including Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, have been vocal in criticizing the top court for its inaction on the migrants issue.
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