New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday issued interim directions while taking suo motu cognizance of the plight of migrant workers.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, about the confusion over the payment of travel fare of stranded migrant workers and said that they should not be made to pay for their journey back home.
"We are at present concerned with the miseries and difficulty of migrants trying to get to their native place. Although there is no doubt that concerned state governments and UTs are taking steps, there are several lapses,” the bench said.
There are several lapses that we have noticed in the process of registration, transportation and providing food and water to the migrants. Even after registration, the migrants have to wait for a long time for their turns to come.
No fare either by train or bus shall be charged from migrant workers. Railway fare to be shared by states. During train journey, originating states will provide meal and water, the bench said.
States shall oversee the registration of migrants and states to ensure that after registration, they are made to board transport as early as possible, the bench added.
(with inputs from PTI)