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SC notice to Centre, Maha & UP on plea for assisting migrants travelling from Mumbai

The Supreme Court Friday sought responses from the Centre and governments of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra on a plea seeking directions to provide safe and secure means of transportation to migrants travelling from Mumbai to their native places amid Covid-19 pandemic. The apex court asked these states to apprise it about the steps being taken by the concerned authorities to assist these migrants. A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao was told by the petitioner’s counsel that there were no means for these people to go back to their native places in Uttar Pradesh from Mumbai and they were unable to access the mechanism laid down to apply for availing transport facility. The petitioner’s counsel told the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and B R Gavai, that government must engage people at lower level and they cannot have just one nodal officer for a district. “Issue notice returnable in two weeks,” the bench said in its order.

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