‘Many Migrants Lost Lives Due To Long Walk & Hunger’ : Karnataka HC Directs Govt To Inform Policy On Special Trains [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Many Migrants Lost Lives Due To Long Walk & Hunger’ : Karnataka HC Directs Govt To Inform Policy On Special Trains [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber9 May 2020 2:14 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has asked the state government to place on record its policy laying down the manner in which all the migrant workers who wish to travel back to their home States can be allowed to travel back to their respective States.”We direct the State to place on record in what manner the State is going to arrange for operation of special trains for the benefit of migrants”,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has asked the state government to place on record its policy laying down the manner in which all the migrant workers who wish to travel back to their home States can be allowed to travel back to their respective States.”We direct the State to place on record in what manner the State is going to arrange for operation of special trains for the benefit of migrants”, the Court said. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna while hearing a plea filed by All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), said “We make it clear that the policy of the State Government should take care of all categories of migrant workers irrespective of the fact whether they are in their own shelters or in shelters provided by their employers or shelters provided by the State or whether they are on streets.”The Court noted in the order : “The consequences of migrants being compelled to walk up to their respective home States are well known and in fact, it cannot be disputed that many such migrants have lost their lives because of the accidents on the roads and on railway tracks. In some cases, as a result of undertaking a long walk and hunger, migrants have lost their lives”. On Tuesday May 5, the state government had late evening decided to cancel the special trains started to transport migrant labourers to their home states. After much uproar by citizens on Thursday the government resumed the service.Migrant Workers Not Stranded Persons? The Illegal & Inhuman Effect Of MHA Clarification The Additional Advocate General assured the court that the State is making arrangements to enable the migrant workers to travel back to their respective States after following the guidelines which are laid down by the Government of India. To which the court said “What is most important is that there has to be a rational policy of the State Government which will ensure that the rights of the migrant workers under sub-clause (d) of Clause (1) of Article 19 read with Article 14 of the Constitution are not infringed and that the migrant workers are made aware of the existence of such policy.” To a statement made by the state counsel that migrants are in various shelters. The bench said “If the migrants become aware about the policy of the State Government, it will ensure that they do not undertake the adventure of walking from their respective places towards their home States. The consequences of migrants being compelled to walk up to their respective home States are well known and in fact, it cannot be disputed that many such migrants have lost their lives because of the accidents on the roads and on railway tracks. In some cases, as a result of undertaking a long walk and hunger, migrants have lost their lives.” Counsel for All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) submitted that those migrants who wish to travel back to their respective States should be permitted to travel with dignity. Justice Oka said “We are sure that the State will consider this suggestion in the light of the fundamental rights available to the migrants like all other citizens.” The court also directed the state to act on complaints received of contractors or employers confining the migrant workers to their shelters and not permitting them to go to their respective home States.The State Government will have to attend to such complaints and will have to ensure that the migrants are not harassed in this fashion. The bench will further hear the plea on May 12.Click here to download order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Legislative leaders announce priorities for second half of session

first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith and Senate President Peter Shumlin today announced their legislative priorities for the remainder of the 2009 session.  Speaker Smith and Senator Shumlin made a commitment to passing at least seven pieces of legislation that will create good paying jobs for Vermonters, encourage the development of clean renewable energy, reduce the Governor s proposed tax burden on businesses and grant equal marriage rights to all Vermonters. The legislative leaders highlighted seven pieces of legislation that they are committed to passing before the legislature adjourns in May. ●  An economic development and jobs creation bill that will include targeted money for venture capital. ●  The Speaker s $125 million bonding proposal that will fund a variety of transportation projects such as increased funding for state and local roads and bridges and capital projects to strengthen our public transit system. ●  A comprehensive green energy bill that will encourage the development of in state renewable energy generation.  This bill will encourage the development of solar, biomass and geothermal technology and will both allow and encourage wind development on state lands. ●  A decommissioning bill that will ensure that Vermonters will not have to cover the remaining costs of decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and that the plant s owners are held accountablefor the entire clean up costs.    ●  Balancing the Unemployment Insurance Fund without placing the entire burden on our struggling businesses.  The Speaker and Pro Tem will bring together a group of business leaders together to discuss what increases are appropriate and tolerable during this time of economic crisis as well as ways in which to improve enforcement.  Many states are facing the same challenges and we will also explore what assistance the federal government can provide. ●  A variety of bills regarding our election laws.  These include campaign finance reform and same day voter registration. ●  A marriage equality bill that will grant all Vermonters the equalright to marry.     We have devoted the first half of the session to finding ways for the legislature to help stimulate the economy and create jobs for Vermonters, said Senator Shumlin.  We will continue our focus on the economy by encouraging green energy development, targeting money toward venture capital and funding a variety of transportation projects.  We will also pass legislation to improve our election system and end the inequality in our civil marriage laws. I am proud of the work that the legislature has done in the first half of the session, said Speaker Smith.  We have proposed a balanced approach to the budget, initiatives to make our government more efficient and passed one of the toughest sex offender bills in the nation.  I look forward to continuing our work to make Vermont a more sustainable and prosperous state.Source: Speaker of the Houselast_img read more