Congress seeks a nationwide plan for migrants  

Congress has now moved to SC seeking justice for migrants and has demanded a nationwide plan for them, the party wants SC to take up matter soon so that migrants can get food, shelter and medicines


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A nationwide list should be prepared on urgent basis "to identity and accurately tally the total number of migrant labourers who continue to be stranded" amid coronavirus lockdown, the Congress said in a petition filed in the Supreme Court.

1. Congress filed a petition in top court to identify the stranded migrants

Congress seeks "urgent and immediate" schemes to generate jobs for migrant workers who have suffered due to the lockdown

2. Congress seeks Urgent and immediate schemes for migrants

The Congress urged the top court to hear its petition soon as it takes up the matter again, stressing on a countrywide plan for the welfare of the migrants

3. Congress urged the SC to take up the migrant issue soon

The top court on Tuesday took note of "problems and miseries" of labourers stranded by the shutdown

4. The top court took note of problems and miseries of labourers

The Supreme Court had also asked the centre and states to provide transport, shelter and food to the stranded m migrants immediately.

5. The Supreme Court had asked the centre and states to help the migrants

The Supreme Court issued notice to the centre, states and Union Territories and asked them to report to it on "steps taken to redeem the miseries" of migrant labourers within 48 hours.

6. Top court issued notice to centre and states

In its petition, the Congress has insisted on a nationwide plan focusing the labourers. "At present there is no nationwide action plan for the stranded migrant labourers

7. Congress has insisted on a nationwide plan focussing the labourers

To identity and accurately tally the total number of migrant labourers who continue to be stranded, the Government of India needs to carry out an exercise at the district and village level to prepare these lists immediately," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in the plea.

8. Government must carry out an exercise on district and village level: congress

According to Congress, stranded migrant labourers have sporadic access to food, medicine and shelter and are presently dependent on largesse of private individuals for the same

9.Migrants have no access to food, sheltered and medicine: congress

Congress has demanded that the Government of India should immediately formulate a scheme to provide adequate food, medicine and shelter to the stranded migrant labourers.

10.Immediate scheme for providing food,medicine and shelter is required

The government should also work on "urgent and immediate schemes" for providing jobs to the migrant labourers, with additional and specific schemes for the welfare of their family members, the plea insisted.

11. The government should provide jobs to migrants:congress

Reception centres at district and village levels should be set up for receiving labourers and facilitating further travel to their native districts or villages.

12. Congress demands reception centres for the migrants in their villages

Congress was "compelled" to move the court as the parliament has not been able to conduct a session due to the shutdown, Mr Surjewala said.

13. Congress was compelled to move to the court as parliament is adjourned

Earlier this month, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the government would spend Rs 3,500 crore on food for nearly 8 crore migrant workers over the next two months.

The Congress today also said that the details of welfare measures should be made public.

14 Congress has asked for the details of the welfare measures

On Tuesday, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, while taking up the case, had said: "The newspaper reports and the media reports have been continuously showing the unfortunate and miserable conditions of migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances."

15.Court expressed concern over the condition of labourers

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