Taking unprecedented steps: Centre to Supreme Court on migrant workers

Taking unprecedented steps: Centre to Supreme Court on migrant workers

The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it has moved 97 lakh migrant workers till date, further adding that over 80 percent of those workers are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

“This is an unprecedented crisis and we are taking unprecedented measures,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court during a hearing on migrant labourers’ situation amid Covid-19 lockdown.

The top court had earlier issued notices to the Centre and the state governments, saying there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” on their part in dealing with the migrant workers’ situation.

Media reports, the court order said, had been “continuously showing the unfortunate and miserable conditions of migrant labourers” walking on-foot and cycles from long distances.