Covid-19: SC dismisses plea seeking use of hotels, resorts as shelter for stranded migrant workers


Solicitor General showing for the Centre, stated that state governments have already taken over buildings like faculties and others to use them as a shelter for migrants.

Migrant workers stranded in Mumbai sleep underneath a railway bridge (Photo Credits: PTI)

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a plea seeking route for utilizing resorts and resorts for migrant workers strolling again to their native locations after being rendered jobless following 21-day lockdown attributable to coronavirus pandemic as shelter houses the place they’re stored allegedly lack ample sanitation amenities.

A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta, which heard the matter by video-conferencing, noticed that the court docket can’t pressure the federal government to take heed to all of the concepts as individuals could provide you with hundreds of thousands of concepts.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre, raised objections on the applying and stated that state governments have already taken over buildings like faculties and others to use them as a shelter for migrants.

The apex court docket is already seized of petitions which have raised the problem associated to the migration of each day wagers from cities to their native locations amid the lockdown.

On March 31, a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, had directed the Centre to make sure that migrant workers stored in shelter houses are given meals and ample medical help.

The high court docket, which had additionally requested the Centre to take help of skilled counsellors and non secular leaders of all faiths to assist the migrants overcome their panic, had noticed that “panic will destroy more lives than the virus”.

It had additionally requested the Centre to arrange inside 24 hours a portal for dissemination of real-time data on COVID-19 pandemic to counter the panic and worry being unfold by faux information.

The solicitor common had instructed the bench on March 31 that no migrant employee, who had left for their native locations, “is on the road now”.

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