[Migrant Crisis] Plea in Supreme Court seeks revival of ration scheme for 8 crore migrant labourers, transport facility to return home.

Activists Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj and Jagdeep Chhokar have moved an urgent application before the Supreme Court seeking directions to ensure the migrant and stranded labourers are not deprived of ration and food security and are able to travel back to their homes at nominal cost.
The applicants contended that even though States have been imposing decentralised COVID-19 curfews and lockdowns more cautiously this year, “they have offered little welfare support to working classes and migrants whose livelihoods are at sea once again.”
The application filed in the 2020 suo motu case by Advocate Prashant Bhushan sought directions to the Central government to resume its scheme of providing dry rations under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat scheme to all 8 crore migrant labourers who are not covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) or State PDS cards and were identified under the said scheme last year.
The application stated that the scheme was started last year after the migrant crisis escalated but was kept operational only for two months till June, 2020, and was discontinued thereafter.
The activists urged the top court to direct the Central and the State governments to provide free cooked food through networks of community kitchens, hunger relief and feeding centres especially at places where distressed migrant workers are congregating such as industrial areas, homeless shelters, bus stations, train stations and other areas to ensure no one remains hungry.
The applicants urged the top court to direct Centre and States to place in the public domain details of the social and food security schemes put in place for providing relief to migrant works and ensure wide publicity to the same in such form including setting up of time-bound grievance redressal mechan

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