SC pulls up Uddhav Govt on reclaim jobs of migrant labourers

Cm Uddhav Thackeray

Delhi : The top court in the country on Thursday pulled up the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government, led by Uddhav Thackeray on migrant welfare issue for taking an “adversarial” approach in its affidavit.

Arguing on the issue in the court, Tushar Mehta, the solicitor general told the Supreme Court that migrant workers were returning to cities in Maharashtra to reclaim their old jobs as “lockdown is over”, “economy is opening up” and the situation is turning very healthy.

Mehta, who was appearing for the Maharashtra government, was expressing his view on what the Bihar government called the “reverse migration” of migrant workers who had gone home to their villages during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

This is the second time that the alliance government has been pulled up by the apex court for not doing enough to improve the plight of migrants affected by the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

The state government has been accused by a bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan of adopting an “adversarial” approach in its affidavit, with the bench saying that it cannot accept the approach adopted by Maharashtra government that all migrants are provided for and everyone who wanted to go home were given adequate help food shelter and transportation.

“Don’t take it as adversarial litigation. See it is the obligation of the state to identify migrant workers in need, who want to go home,” the bench told the Uddhav government.

Earlier, Ranjit Kumar, who represented for the Bihar government said that trains from Patna were running full. “Reverse migration is happening. Now the workers are going back to their own jobs. Trains are full from Patna, he added.