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“How Can We Stop Them from Walking?”: SC Dismisses Plea for Safe Travel Of Walking Labourers

Lawstreet Journal 19 May 2020 4:32pm

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On May 15, 2020, an Application seeking direction to all District Magistrates in the Country to identify migrant labourers who are walking to their native places and ensure that they reach their destination free of cost and in a dignified manner was heard by a Bench comprising of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai. In dismissing the matter, the court remarked - “How can we stop them from walking?” 

The Bench also held that it was not possible for the Court to monitor the situation and also clarified that it is up to the State Governments to take appropriate steps in this regard. 

Background of the petition: 

One petitioner named Alakh Alok Srivastava filed an interim application on May 08, 2020, seeking urgent “indulgence” of the Hon’ble Supreme Court towards an incident in Gadhejalgaon village in Aurangabad District (Maharashtra) on 08.05.2020 (Friday) at about 5.30 AM (Morning) in which at least sixteen (16) migrant workers, who were walking on foot from Maharashtra to Madhya Pradesh, had been killed by a Train. He cited media reports from the news papers ‘Hindustan Times’ and ‘Times of India’ to inform their lordships about the incident. 

He also argued that there are many such incidents like these where the poor migrant labourers, walking on foot to their native villages, have died due to hunger or road accidents. He urged the Court in the interest of justice to direct respondent Union of India to in-turn direct the District Magistrates of each and every district… Continue Reading...

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