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Withdraw complaints against migrant workers, arrange to send them home in 15 days: SC

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of all police complaints against migrant workers who have been booked for allegedly violating lockdown norms while attempting to get back home from their workplaces.

A bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order after taking a Suo Motu cognisance in the last week of May of problems and miseries faced by the migrant workers across the nation.

The Apex Court has also directed Centre and State to facilitate returning of migrant workers to their native places within 15 days and to provide additional trains for transportation of migrant workers within 24 hours of states making a demand. Centre had said states have requested for 171 trains only for transporting remaining migrant workers to their homes.

It also asked all the states and UTs to prepare a list of migrant workers who have reached their home along with the work they were engaged in prior to the nationwide lockdown.

The bench, which posted the matter for further hearing in July, said the schemes for welfare and employment of migrant workers should be publicised adequately.

The top court had on June 5 reserved its order on the suo motu case registered on the plights of migrant workers during the coronavirus-induced lockdown period after going through all the detailed arguments and submissions from the political parties, petitioners and respondents.

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