New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a petition on migrant workers, seeking food, water, shelter and urgent indulgence for them, amid a 21-day lockdown called to contain the spread of Coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200
The plea was filed in the Court on Friday seeking direction to the Centre to redress the plight of thousands of migrant workers who along with their families are “walking on foot” to reach their native places amid the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases in India, Govt Approves 47 Private Labs For Covid-19 Tests
“Redress the heart wrenching and inhuman plight of thousands of migrant workers families – women, small children, elders and differently-abled persons – walking on foot for hundreds of kilometers, from cities to their native villages: without food, water, transport, medicine or shelter, amid coronavirus crisis,” the plea read.
“…The biggest sufferers of this crisis situation are the poor, unregistered migrant workers, working in various big cities of India as rickshaw-pullers, ragpickers, construction workers, factory workers, house-maids, servants, unskilled and semi-skilled workers,” it added.
Earlier in the day, the Narendra Modi-led Centre directed states to take strict action against those who are asking students/labourers to vacate. Besides, the states have been also been asked to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut.
On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that all the states have been directed to provide temporary accommodation, food, medical care and other necessary facilities to migrant labourers using SDRF’s funds.
Notably, the Centre had announced a complete lockdown of the entire country for 21 days to fight COVID-19 on March 22. All road, rail and air services have been suspended during the period.