Report By Nandika Chand | Kashmir Srinagar | Last Updated at May 27 2020
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad admitted that due to the large number of migrant workers, there will be some hurdles. His statement comes after the Supreme Court rapped the center for failing to help stranded migrant workers amid nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. The court said there has been lapses in handling the migrants’ plight.
Prasad said the state and central governments will respond to the top court’s remarks. “All the governments are doing their best, these are very challenging times,” he said.
Justice Ashok Bhushan said on Tuesday that the court was taking suo motu note of media reports and the many representations that they had received about the plight of the migrant workers. He said the respective governments, both at the state and central level, should provide adequate transport arrangement, food and shelters ‘free of costs’. “We are of the view that effective concentrate efforts are required to redeem the situation,” the bench said.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala has moved the top court with several suggestions that might be of help to the Supreme Court in taking steps to alleviate the distress faced by the migrant workers across the country.
The intervention application calls for a nationwide action plan to identify and accurately tally the total number of migrant workers that continue to be stranded. It suggests the set up of reception and facilitation centers at District and Village levels for receiving the workers and facilitating their further travel. The plea calls for a scheme to provide adeqate food, medicine and shelter to those stranded amid the lockdown. It also highlights the need for financial aid reliefs on an urgent and immediate basis.