SC asks states not to take ticket fare from migrants, to provide food

The Supreme Court, which has taken suo motu cognisance of the migrant crisis triggered by Covid-19 lockdown, on Thursday directed state governments not to charge travel fare for travel either by train or bus from the migrant workers heading home, adding that they should be provided with food and water.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the originating state shall provide meals and water at the station and during the journey, the Railways would provide the same to the migrant workers. It said that food and water be also provided to them for travel in buses.

In response, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, said, “Some originating state pays, some receiving states are paying and some states are reimbursing… ”

Indian Express
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