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Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on June 29 on plea for welfare measures for migrants

A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah had on June 11 reserved its judgement on pleas of activists Anjali Bharadwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar seeking the implementation of welfare measures for such workers.

June 28, 2021 / 10:29 PM IST
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The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce Tuesday its verdict on a plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to ensure food security, cash transfers and other welfare measures for migrant workers hit hard again by the curbs imposed during the second wave of COVID-19. A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah had on June 11 reserved its judgement on pleas of activists Anjali Bharadwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar seeking the implementation of welfare measures for such workers.

The fresh plea was filed in a pending suo motu case of 2020 in which the top court had in May last year taken cognisance of problems and miseries of migrant labourers and had passed a slew of directions, including asking states not to charge fare from migrant workers and provide them free food till they board trains or buses.

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While reserving the order, the bench had asked the states and union territories (UTs) to implement one nation, one ration card' (ONORC) scheme as it allows migrant workers to get ration at the place of their work in other states as well where their ration cards are not registered.