Union / State government to make available transport facility to send back home migrant labourers , Plea in Karnataka HC

April 17,2020

By-Swastika Saxena

A  global pandemic that knows no borders has brought into  sharp focus the plights of homeless and jobless migrants and daily wage earners.The concept of social distancing and lockdown is not at all favorable for the migrants considering that they do not have shelter, food , sanitation facilities etc.The lockdown further aggravated their conditions as total restriction on transport facilities in the country buried their last hope of returning to their respective villages .

An agriculturist has moved to the Karnataka High Court  seeking directions to carry out COVID-19 screening tests for the migrants . If they tested negative , then drop them to their homes using government transport.

The petition filed by MALLIKARJUN A. states that on March 29 the government invoked  section 10(2)(I) of Disaster Management  Act which asked all the states to provide migrants with temporary shelter, food ,transport facility and if they moved out to reach their homes, they shall be quarantined.

The plea further added that this was a violation of Fundamental Right (ARTICLE-21) and section 61 of Disaster Management Act by not providing transport facility.Taking into notice that migrants too have emotions , leaving their kiths and kins for so long could be detrimental for the migrants.

The plea added that the migrants who will test negative should be allowed to go back to their respective homes. 

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