Transported 70,137 migrant labourers home in 55 trains, Kerala tells SC
New Delhi: The Kerala government informed the Supreme Court that it sent 70,137 migrant labourers to their native places in 55 trains.
Kerala also informed the apex court that it sheltered 4,34,280 migrant labourers in 21,556 camps and that food, water and other amenities and services were provided free.
Kerala submitted the 4-page report as the Supreme Court will consider on Thursday a suo moto case it had registered over the plight of migrant labourers during lockdown.
In the report tabled before the SC, Kerala said it is considering migrant labourers as guest labourers. Ward level committees were formed in 1,034 local self government institutions. 1,165 community kitchens were operated and essential items were provided for free.
Rapid action teams including psychologists were deployed to alleviate stress and tension of the labourers who were undergoing during lockdown, the report said.
The report also explained that Kerala is willing to follow any direction given by the apex court regarding the migrant labourers. Kerala’s approach towards migrant labourers was appreciated around the globe, the report added.
A committee including IAS and IPS officers have been formed to monitor matters concerning migrant labourers.
A special war room has been set up to monitor and oversee problems faced by migrant labourers. The 24x7 grievance cell received 20,386 complaints, all of which were resolved.
People who speak Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Oriya and Tamil were appointed at the call centres, the report added.