New Delhi: Hearing a plea via video conferencing against the Centre over the exodus of migrant workers amid the nationwide lockdown, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it did not want to deal with something the government was already tackling. Moreover, the apex court asked the government to file a reply on the measures it is taking to help these migrant workers during the extraordinary situation. Also Read - All COVID-19 Deaths to be Certified: Centre Tells Supreme Court on 'Unaccounted' Fatalities
“We’ll deal with everything, but not with what the Centre is already doing.First we want to go through the govt’s affidavit, which it has to file, then we may hear it on Wednesday”, a bench headed by CJI, SA Bobde, told petitioner Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastav. Also Read - Can't Pay Rs 4 Lakh Compensation For COVID Victims & Exhaust All Disaster Funds: Centre Tells Supreme Court
Earlier, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed the court that the Union of India and all state govenments are taking all necessary steps to mitigate the situation. Also Read - Supreme Court Refuses to Cancel, Postpone PG Final-Year Medical Exams
Notably, the petitioner had sought direction to the local administration/ police authorities across India to immediately identify stranded migrant workers and shift them to the nearest government shelter homes with proper food, water, medicines and under medical supervision, in a dignified manner, until the coronavirus lockdown.
Srivastava, the petitioner in the case, had urged the Centre to immediately 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.