By Ishaan Seth (Covid 19 Lockdown)
Advocate Reepak Kansal has made a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Supreme Court requesting compensation for the families of migrant workers who died of walking while reaching their homes states amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The plea also requests the availability of medical facilities to those migrant workers who were injured while reaching their homes. There was another request made which was that save the migrant workers from atrocities of police security agencies. These prayers are made keeping in view the numerous accidental deaths and injuries of men, women and children while reaching their homes by walking.
The petitioner further submits that there is a clear discrimination between interstate workers and migrants in other countries as there was a mission called Vande Bharat was introduced by the Central Government to bring back those who were stranded in other countries amid the pandemic and there was no such mission or scheme was launched for the interstate workers.
The petition also mentions a further discrimination by the Government by adopting the policy of ‘Pick and Choose’ to pay compensation on the death of only some migrant workers.
The plea further adds that migrant workers being part of our country are entitled to all the fundamental rights guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution which includes Right to Life and Livelihood and the Right to Live with Dignity.
It is also further stated that the Government has been forcing the migrant workers to walk to their home towns as no prior arrangements had been in place for their transportation amid the lockdown. It is also stated that due to lack of coordination among Central Government as well as State Government, these migrant workers have faced death and injuries and have suffered a lot.
Also Refer: https://www.barandbench.com/topic/covid-19