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Provide food, rations to stranded workers: SC

 

Topics Covered: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government.

Provide food, rations to stranded workers: SC:


Context:

The Supreme Court has ordered States across the country to distribute dry rations to stranded migrant workers without ration cards and run community kitchens for them.

  • The court left it to the discretion of individual States to utilise either the Centre’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme, which was implemented for giving dry rations to migrant workers in May and June of 2020, or any other alternative scheme.
  • The Bench directed that “wide publicity” should be given about the various welfare schemes for migrant workers, including locations of community kitchens, so that needy persons would benefit.

Background:

The orders came in a suo moto proceeding initiated by the top court in the light of problems faced by migrants across the country.

Need for:

The government had recently submitted that it had opened control rooms to help the migrant workers. But it was the responsibility of the States to provide cooked food for stranded migrant workers.

  • The real issue now is that such measures cover only people covered under the Food Security Act, that is, people with ration cards. Unorganised labourers, wandering from one place of work to another in mega cities, could not be expected to have ration cards.

Sources: the Hindu.