IN RE: PROBLEMS AND MISERIES OF MIGRANT LABOURERS Vs. IN RE: PROBLEMS AND MISERIES OF MIGRANT LABOURERS
LAWS(SC)-2020-5-41
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Decided on May 26,2020

In Re: Problems And Miseries Of Migrant Labourers Appellant
VERSUS
In Re: Problems And Miseries Of Migrant Labourers Respondents

JUDGEMENT

- (1.)We take suo motu cognizance 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 unfortuanate and miserable conditions of migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances.
(2.)They have also been complaining of not being provided food and water by the administration at places where they were stranded or in the way i.e. highways from which they proceeded on-foot, cycles or other modes of transport. In the present situation of lockdown in the entire country, this section of the society needs succor and help by the concerned Governments especially steps need to be taken by the Government of India, State Governments/Union Territories in this difficult situation to extend helping hand to these migrant labourers.
(3.)This Court has also received several letters and representations from different sections of society highlighting the problem of migrant labourers. The crises of migrant labourers is even continuing today with large sections still stranded on roads, highways, railway stations and State borders. The adequate transport arrangement, food and shelters are immediately to be provided by the Centre and State Governments free of costs.
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