Although the Centre and the states have taken measures to provide relief to the migrants, the court said there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses”. Effective concentrated efforts are now required to redeem the situation, it added.
“The adequate transport arrangement, food and shelters are immediately to be provided by the Centre and State Governments free of costs,” said the court which took the suo motu cognizance of the situation.
On payment of full wages during lockdown
The Supreme Court
on Tuesday asked the Centre to “treat with urgency” the issues raised in the petitions challenging the home ministry’s March 29 notification asking private establishments to pay full wages to workers during the Covid-19 lockdown, saying lot of people are affected by it.
A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, conducting hearing through videoconferencing, asked the government to file its response on a batch of petitions and posted the matter for hearing after a week. Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and M R Shah, that the Centre has issued a new notification on May 17 which supersedes the March 29 MHA order.