SC Says Migrant Workers Shouldn’t Be Charged for Travel, Orders States to Give Them Food and Water

Migrants crowd Mumbai railway station.

Migrants crowd Mumbai railway station.

The court, which passed interim directions, said all stranded migrant workers should be provided food by concerned states and Union Territories at places to be publicised and notified to them for the period they are waiting for their turn to board a train or a bus.

  • News18.com New Delhi
  • Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 5:02 PM IST

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The Supreme Court on Thursday directed that no train or bus fare be charged from migrant workers stranded across the country due to the coronavirus lockdown and that they be provided food and water.

The court, which passed interim directions, said all stranded migrant workers should be provided food by concerned states and Union Territories at places to be publicised and notified to them for the period they are waiting for their turn to board a train or a bus.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said the originating state should provide meals and water at the station while the Indian Railways should do the same during the journey. It said that food and water should also be provided to them during travel in buses.

The bench, also comprising Justices SK Kaul and MR Shah, directed that states oversee the registration of migrant workers and ensure they are made to board the train or bus at the earliest. The court said complete information in this regard should be publicised to everyone concerned.

The court observed it is concerned with the miseries and difficulties faced by migrants workers trying to return to their homes. It said although there is no doubt that concerned state governments and UTs are taking steps, several lapses have been issued in the process of registration, transportation and providing food water to the migrants.

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