New Delhi: A total of 91 lakh migrants have been shifted from where they were stranded during the nationwide lockdown to their home states, the Centre told the Supreme Court as the Apex Court on Thursday was hearing the matter of the plight of migrant labourers. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Vegetable Prices Double With No Buyers, High Transport Cost Amid COVID-19
“This is an unprecedented crisis and we are taking unprecedented measures,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court. “Uttar Pradesh and Bihar account for over 80 per cent of migrants. 91 lakh migrants have been shifted so far,” Mehta said. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown News Today: After Bengaluru, 'Complete Shutdown' Re-imposed in Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad And Kalaburagi Districts | Details Here
The Supreme Court has taken up the case suo motu. On Wednesday, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala approached the top court seeking permission to intervene in the suo motu case. Also Read - Odisha Lockdown News: Complete Shutdown in Chhatrapur, Rambha, Khallikote, Polasara, Kodala, Kabisurya Nagar, Purushottampur From July 16 to 21
A Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan is hearing the case.
10 senior lawyers from Delhi and Mimbai, including P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Prashant Bhushan, Indira Jaisingh, have written a stinging letter to the Supreme Court, pointing at the “apparent indifference” of the Supreme Court to the plight of the migrant workers.
“The Supreme Court’s failure to protect the rights of the hapess millions of migrant workers in March, and its failure to scrutinise carefully the esecutive actions, resulted in them being compelled to stay in cramoed unhygienic accommodation without proper food and with a much higher risk of Covid infection,” the letter said.