Supreme Court orders 'no fare from stranded migrants, free food during journey'
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Centre to make travel and food free for stranded migrants going home by trains and buses.
The court was hearing a suo motu case initiated by it on the migrant labourers’ situation.
The government has repeatedly mentioned that the fare is not being charged from the labours, 85% is borne by the Indian Railways and 15% is being paid by the state governments.
The top court also directed the states to provide food to the migrants wait for their turn to board train or bus. The states should set up help desks to disseminate information about arrangements made for migrant workers. The railways too have been ordered to provide food during the course of the travel.
The Centre told the top court that it has sent 97 lakh migrant workers - 50 lakh by Shramik Specials and 47 lakh via road - home between May 1 and 27, adding 80 percent of those are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.