15 days are enough time for states to transfer migrants back home: SC
New Delhi : The states will be provided with 15 days to transport back the stranded migrants to their native places, Supreme Court said on Friday. Today's hearing comes days after the apex court took up the issue of stranded migrants into its hands and passed several orders to transport them back.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the centre, said the railways has run 4,228 special "Shramik" trains till June 3 and taken 57 lakh people home. He said 41 lakh others have gone home by road, taking the total migrants who have left the cities to nearly one crore.
He also mentioned that the majority of trains have gone to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. "We have on record a chart which shows how many workers are yet to be shifted and how many trains are required for it. The states have also prepared charts," Mehta said.
A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah pointed out that according to the chart, Maharashtra has only asked for one train.
"Yes," the Solicitor General replied. "We have already run 802 trains from Maharashtra."
"What we intend to do is we will give you and the states 15 days to transport all migrants. All states bring on record how they will provide employment and other kinds of relief. There should be registration of migrants," the Supreme Court said.