'15 days enough to transport them back home': SC directs states to register migrants, provide them jobs
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and state governments to ferry migrant workers who wish to return to their native places within the next 15 days, adding that it will pronounce its order on June 9 on the issue including their registration and employment opportunities.
A three-judge bench -- which included Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah -- also directed the receiving states to list all the steps taken to provide jobs to the migrant workers.
"We propose 15 days time so that states can be permitted to effectuate the completion of transport," the Supreme Court said which was hearing the matter via video conferencing.
"There is a need to register all migrants specifically state and district wise. We need to know what kind of schemes are prevalent in the state?," it said, as reported by the Bar and Bench.
Meanwhile, the Centre told the apex court that till June 3, over 4,200 'Shramik Special' trains have been deployed to transport migrant workers to their native places. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the top court that the maximum numbers of trains have gone to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
"We are continuously in touch with states. They can only give exact figures. We have sought information from them. We require a total of 171 trains now. States for administrative reasons wants trains on specific dates. Karnataka wants on June 6, kerala wants on June 8, etc.," Bar and Bench quoted Mehta as saying.
The Solicitor General further told that the state governments can tell as to how many more migrant workers need to be shifted and how many trains are required for that purpose.
The Solicitor General assured the bench that necessary trains are being made available to the concerned States and it would be provided in future as well, when demands are raised.
On May 28, the top court had directed that the migrant workers wanting to return to their home states will not be charged train or bus fares and those stranded across the country will be provided food free of cost by the authorities concerned.
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