SC directs states/UTs not to charge fare from migrant workers


New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that that migrants should not be charged rail or bus fare while coming back to their native places.

The highest court of the land on Thursday  directed state governments and Union Territories (UTs) to provide food, shelter and water to migrant workers. The court also asked the authorities to make proper arrangement for their travel to home who are found walking.

The apex court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and M.R. Shah directed the state governments to make necessary provisions for supplying food, water and providing shelter to the migrant workers waiting for their turn to board train or bus.

The Supreme Court has further directed that the concerned state where the migrants take up journey must provide basic necessities like food and water at the railway station and bus stops.

On the migrant workers found walking on the roads, the court said the states must take steps immediately to provide them shelters and other basic facilities.

The apex court has directed the union government and states to furnish details relating to the number of migrants, plans for transportation and mechanism of registration. Replies should be filed by June 5,the court said.

The  Supreme Court  has expressed its concern over the hardships faced by the migrant workers while trying to reach their homes. It lamented that there are glaring lapses in the process of providing relief to the workers.

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