On Tuesday, the Central government filed a status report in the Supreme Court on a petition which aims to provide basic amenities like food, water, and shelter to the migrant workers across the country in the wake of coronavirus lockdown.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava filed the petition through video conferencing today. The petition was heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and also comprising Justice L Nageswar Rao.
A detailed status report related to the case was filed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who is representing the Centre. Mr. Mehta said that over 22 lakh 88 thousand people along with several other daily wage and migrant workers are being provided food. CJI Bobde asked Tushar Mehta to set up an expert committee within 24 hours to deal with the emergency situation.
“Now the migration is happening due to corona fears. When the entire country was required to be locked, it was so that people don’t mix and can’t meet. We are trying to ensure that no migration is permissible,” Tushar Mehta told the apex court.
He expressed concern about the migration which may create risk for them and for the village populations.
“So far, we have been able to contain the spread of the virus much to our satisfaction. We took necessary and effective steps much ahead of many other countries. We started thermal screening at airports, seaports before cases were detected in India,” he told the court. India is under total lockdown which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to slow down the transmission of the coronavirus. India has recorded a total of 1424 cases with 32 deaths so far.