As Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar locality famous for being base camp for the Amarnath Yatra witnessed a strong protest by the migrant labourers seeking immediate evacuation to their home states amid apprehensions of prolonged restrictions, starvation and added hardships, good news came in with the Apex Court of the country taking the side of lockdown-hit migrant workers by asking Central dispensation and various state governments to provide free food and shelter to this miserable lot. The SC maintained that migrant labourers are in dire need of succour and help by the concerned governments as far as food and shelter is concerned and took a very genuine and lenient view by giving directions for providing food, shelter and transport to these unfortunate builders of the nation who have since ages silently contributed in raising the infrastructure and shouldered the responsibility of strengthening economy of the nation. The Apex court has rightly gauged that the measures taken by various state governments and the Centre are marred with shortcomings and need immediate overhauling to at least give bare minimum facilities to migrant workers confronting right now hunger, homelessness and vagaries of weather especially on account of severe heat wave persisting across the plains of the country with mercury touching top notches. It is encouraging that the plight of problem-ridden labourers has been considered by the SC and various compassionate and caring directions and observations have been made to relieve the hard toiling community of its sufferings and the concerned governments were shown the way to take the charge in right perspective to bail out migrant labourers from this murky span of time hovering for quite some time now. Although, Centre has mobilised all its resources and is doing a lot to provide succour to the affected migrant labourers but still lot has to be done for ensuring that not a single person is left out from getting relief and respite.
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