New Delhi, Apr 30 (ILNS) A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Delhi High Court for directions to the state authority to provide for adequate sustenance in the form of income / funds and access to medicinal help to the migrant workers residing in the national capital region of Delhi.
The PIL was filed yesterday by Abhijeet Pandey, invoking the Principle of paren patriae as established in the case of Chaman Lal Sahu (1990) 1SCC 613, where the High Court held that in case of negligence at large scale, the Court can always invoke this Jurisdiction for the larger benefit of helpless persons.
It stated that under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, various Central and State funds were created, such as the National Disaster Response Fund, National Disaster Mitigation Fund, State Disaster Response Fund, District Disaster Response Fund, State Disaster Mitigation Fund and District Disaster Mitigation Fund.
The government can make use of those funds to ensure that the migrant workers are well taken care of, thus ensuring that another migrant worker exodus does not take place.
The petition stated that the state government has extended the Lockdown till May 3 because of which, the condition of Migrant workers will only worsen without the proper and timely intervention of the Central Government.
After suffering from the first wave of Novel Coronairus, the Central Government has not complied such a list, nor do they have any number of Migrant workers, who lost their means of Livelihood and those who lost their lives, alleged the petitioner.
“The political classes do not pay attention to the migrant workers, as they are unable to cast their vote in any city. Therefore, they do not get any recognition. In fact, the manner in which they have been treated till now shows that no count has been kept, so there is no accountability,” the petition read.
The PIL is being argued by Advocate Varun Singh and the matter will be heard by the High Court today at 1400 hrs. ILNS/SHV/RJ/SNG