Of 22.5 lakh migrant staff in Gujarat, solely 7,512 have been registered below the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (IMW) Act and have been thus eligible for journey allowance, the state authorities has knowledgeable the Gujarat Excessive Court docket.
In a written reply to a Public Curiosity Litigation, the federal government knowledgeable a division bench of Justices J B Pardiwala and I J Vora on Friday that round 22.5 lakh inter-state migrant staff lived in Gujarat as per the state labour division’s knowledge.
However the provisions of the IMW Act of 1979 have been relevant to solely 7,512 staff who have been registered below the Act, it stated.
“Many of the 22.5 lakh migrant staff have come on their very own and provisions for fee of journey and displacement allowances as required by part 14 and 15 of the IMW Act, 1979, weren’t relevant to them,” it stated.
Underneath sections 14 and 15, contractors are required to pay journey and displacement allowances to staff.
The courtroom was listening to a PIL filed by lawyer Anand Yagnik alongwith a suo motu petition (a petition initiated by the HC by itself) and different pleas in search of a route to the federal government to offer free transport facility to migrant staff stranded because of coronavirus lockdown.
Of 22.5 inter-state migrant staff, 11.5 lakh are employed in and round Surat alone, the federal government stated.
By Might 31, only one.5 lakh migrant labourers can be left behind in Surat, of which 1.15 lakh had already returned to work, it stated.
Round 3.94 lakh staff from different districts of Gujarat have been additionally employed in Surat however most of them returned to their hometowns in 30,975 buses, the reply stated.
The state authorities additionally informed the courtroom that the Railways had been gathering transportation expenses from staff despite the fact that journey preparations have been being made on the district-level by NGOs and civil society organisations.
States together with Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have stated they might reimburse journey bills to the Railways straight, it stated.
“No migrant employee has been denied journey to his hometown on account of non-payment of journey expenses,” the Gujarat authorities claimed.
The lockdown on account of coronavirus has seen a digital exodus of migrants to their residence states.