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States can't charge fare from migrant workers, must provide food, says SC

The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and M R Shah, directed that states oversee the registration of migrant workers and ensure that they are made to board the train or bus at the earliest

Migrants undergo thermal screening at Lalgarh Junction before they board a special train to their native place Madhubani (Bihar), during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Bikaner
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Migrants undergo thermal screening at Lalgarh Junction before they board a special train to their native place Madhubani (Bihar), during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Bikaner

BS Web TeamPTI New Delhi
The Supreme Court Thursday ordered that no fare for travel either by train or bus be charged from the migrant workers stranded across the country and they be provided food and water.
The apex court, which passed interim directions, said all migrant workers who are stranded at various places shall be provided food by concerned states and Union Territories (UTs) at places which shall be publicised and notified to them for the period they are waiting for their turn to board a train or a bus.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the originating state shall provide meals and

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First Published: May 28 2020 | 5:34 PM IST

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