'Ensure Dry Ration For Migrants- SC, Intervenors Welcomes

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'Ensure Dry Ration For Migrants- SC, Intervenors W
We welcome the important judgment by the Supreme Court in the migrant workers case. The judgment will provide much need relief to migrant workers and unorganised sector workers who have been reeling under the double crisis of health and economic distress. 

The SC had taken suo motu cognizance of the suffering of lakhs of migrant workers in the country due to the lockdown last year.

In 2021, the matter was taken up again upon our intervention highlighting the severe impact of the second wave of COVID on workers in the informal sector, especially migrant workers and seeking directions on ensuring food and social security for them during this time of distress.

The SC has directed:

• All state governments to formulate schemes to provide dry rations to all migrant workers who do not possess ration cards till such time the COVID 19 pandemic is on. Central government to allocate grains to states for the schemes. 

•Community kitchens to be run by all states and continue till pandemic is on. 

•Central government to undertake exercise to re-determine the total coverage under National Food Security Act for giving ration cards.

This will benefit large number of persons as more than 10 years have elapsed since the state-wise coverage was determined.

•All states to implement one nation one ration scheme.

•Centre and states to complete registration of all migrant workers and those in unorganised sector by December 2021.

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