Plea seeks relief for migrant labour amid fresh lockdowns

An application was filed on Thursday seeking urgent intervention from the Supreme Court to ensure food security, dry rations, cash transfer and transport facility for migrant labourers at nominal rates even as the nation is reeling under a second wave of the pandemic.

The plea filed by activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar, represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan, said the beginnings of chaos, panic and economic crisis which plagued labourers in the months of lockdown last year were raising their heads again.

“The problems and miseries faced by migrant workers during the lockdown in 2020 have persisted over the past year due to the continued economic distress and now have got aggravated on account of fresh restrictions, curfews and lockdowns being imposed in many States to control the spread of COVID,” the application said.

Source: The Hindu

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