On 13th May 2021, The Supreme Court heard an application in the suo motu writ petition filed by the SC last year concerning the difficulties and miseries of migrant labours in lockdown. The Supreme Court directed the Government of Delhi, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh to provide the ration, transport and community kitchens.
An urgent application was placed before the Supreme Court by the activists Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj and Jagdeep Chhokar. The application sought directions on food and ration security along with affordable transport for the migrant workers. The application also stated the due to ongoing decentralized lockdowns and curfews in the states, if not handled properly then it would create a crisis like situation once again.
The Supreme Court issued some directions keeping in mind the conditions and sufferings of the migrant labours last year The court said that the dry ration should be provided to migrant labour as per the schemes by the Union of India, GNCTD, the State of Uttar Pradesh and the State of Haryana. It was also directed that the state authorities should not insist on an Id card of migrant labours while distributing rations. The self-declaration made by the labour should be enough for claiming ration. The Government of Delhi. UP and Haryana should ensure sufficient available transport for easing the travel of all migrant labourers who are willing to return home. The Court said that it is the duty of the District Administration and the Police Administration to facilitate transport irrespective of the mode to the migrant workers. The Central Govt. was directed to instruct the Railway Ministry to take essential measures for catering in the journey. Lastly, the Governments of respective states were told to start the community kitchens at well-known places across the state for stranded migrant workers so they and their families could eat two meals a day. The Supreme Court asked the Central Government as well as the State Government to respond and give suggestions or measures which will ease the misery of migrant workers.