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“All states shall implement one nation one ration card scheme”: Supreme Court reserves judgement in Suo Moto migrant worker’s case

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jun 2021 6:10pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary “All states shall implement one nation one ration card scheme”: Supreme Court reserves judgement in Suo Moto migrant worker’s case

The Supreme Court on Friday, 11th June, observed that every state must mandatorily implement the “One Nation Ration Card” which prevents discrimination and enables migrants to get ration benefits from any part of the country, irrespective of the place where their card is originally from.

This order came after Counsels for Maharashtra and Punjab informed the Court that they had implemented the scheme. When the Counsel for West Bengal appeared and stated before the court that an ongoing seeding issue prevents them from implementing the same.

The bench consisted of justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah. The bench stated that there can be no exemption and no excuses shall work. All the States must mandatorily implement the same.

The direction was passed in the Suo Moto Case- “in re problems and miseries of migrant workers.”

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave raised the issue of the non-availability of the ration card benefits to the migrant workers who weren’t registered.

In response to the questions asked by the bench, Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta submits before the court that Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana has been extended to November and the statistics of the migrants has also been recorded.

ASG Aishwarya Bhati also supported SG’s submission by stating that 8 lakh metric tonnes of food grains have been provided by the Centre, the manner of distribution is left to State.

 The Court's primary concern is regarding whether the migrant workers who do not have any form of identity are eligible for such… Continue Reading...

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