Panel Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah
The SC stated “One Nation, One Ration” policy for migrant workers implemented by all states. By July 31, adding that the state governments “must pursue community kitchens. To feed the migrant workers till the end of the pandemic”.
Panel Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah directed states bring a stratagem to improvise dry ration. For themigrant workers. It instructed the Centre to create a web portal in consultation with the National Informatics Centre. To enlist unorganised and migrant workers by July 31, 2021.
The decree passed in a suo motu case concerning welfare of migrant workers in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reformer Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj and Jagdeep Chhokar moved an urgent plea before the SC. Seeking instructions to confirm the migrant labourers not destituted of ration. And food security and are able to travel back to their homes at budget cost.
The applicants stated even though states have enforcing decentralised curfews and lockdowns more considerately this year, “they have proffered little welfare support to working classes and migrants whose livelihoods bewildered once again”.
“This has sparked a second emigration of migrant workers who are flocking train and bus terminals in urban centres in a direction to recoup home,” the application stated, as reported by Bar & Bench.
The supplication documented in the 2020 suo motu case sought instructions to the Central government to restore its scheme of providing dry rations under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat policy to all 8 crore migrant labourers who are not secured under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) or State PDS cards and were recognised under the said scheme last year.
The top court took strong note of the delay in the evolution of software meant to enlist workers of the unorganised sector. It had also requested the Centre how the benefit of free food grain till November this year under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna’ would be shipped to migrant labourers having no ration cards.
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