New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre, and other states such as Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to provide food to migrant workers who are stranded during the lockdown period. Issuing a special order, the top court asked the Centre, Delhi, UP and Haryana governments to provide dry ration to migrant workers in NCR under Atmanirbhar Bharat Scheme or any other scheme utilising Public Distribution System from May. It also ordered that while providing dry ration authorities won’t insist on an identity card. Also Read - Maharashtra Likely To Impose Uniform Restrictions To Control New Delta Plus Variant
The apex court also stated that the governments of Delhi, UP and Haryana should ensure that adequate transportation is provided to stranded migrant labourers in NCR who want to return to their home. Also Read - 1 Killed, 4 Injured as DTC Bus Rams Into Traffic Police Booth Near Sarai Rohilla in Delhi
It also asked these state governments to open community kitchen at well-advertised places (in NCR) for stranded migrant labourers so that they and their family members who are stranded could get two meals a day. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Western Railway to Resume Services of 17 Pairs of Special Trains | Full List Here
The order from the Supreme Court comes at a time when these states have announced lockdown in their respective states to contain the spread of the virus.