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Migrants Travelling On Foot Should Be Taken To Shelters; Says Supreme Court

Mumbai: Supreme court of India hearing on a matter related to Migrant workers said on Thursday that those migrants found travelling back to their native states on foot should be immediately taken to shelters and provided with basic amenities.

Taking suo moto cognisance the top court had issued notices on Wednesday to centre and state governments stating that there have been inadequacies and lapses in handling the migrant’s issue on their part.


SC said that we are concerned with the difficulties of migrants trying to get to their native place. There are several lapses that we’ve noticed in the process of registration, transportation and provision of food and water to them.

Centre told the court that since 1 May they had sent 97 lakh migrants back to their native states. And it had taken ‘unprecedented steps’ to meet the ‘unprecedented crisis’.

Supreme court also directed that if a worker wants to back to their home states should not be stopped. The matter will be heard next by the court on 5 June.

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