• Shatabdi Basu

Supreme Court asked the Center and states to expedite the registration of migrant workers.



The Supreme Court on Monday told that the process of the registration of the migrant workers has been woefully slow and it will administer directions to the Center and states.

this announcement came after three activists filled applications, demanding food security, cash transfers, transport facilities, and other welfare measures for migrant workers who are dealing with this crisis because of curbs clamped in several parts of the country amid the pandemic.


But, Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah said it won't order cash transfers which is a policy decision.


"The Centre and states must expedite registration of migrant workers and those working in the unorganised sectors. Not only that migrant worker should approach the government for registration, but the governments must approach them for getting them registered," the Supreme Court said.
"We want this process to the completed. We also want that all organised workers be registered," it said, adding, "We will ask the government to speed up the process".

Also, the top court advised the government to extend the benefits of the migrant workers, who lost their livelihood during this pandemic, only after they get registered. "It is a hard task, but has to be achieved," the bench said.


A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and M R Shah ordered all the states and UTs to prepare a complete list of migrant workers and the previous work they were engaged in before the lockdown and have reached their state last year.


The Supreme Court has also asked for special schemes for the livelihood of these migrant workers post-lockdown to Center as well states and these processes must be observed and controlled. Also, they have asked to provide all the details about the welfare schemes which can be availed by the migrant workers from the Center and states.



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