The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments to implement one-nation, one ration card scheme by July 31.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed also a slew of directions to the Centre and state governments for the benefit of the migrant workers.
The one-nation, one ration card scheme, will allow migrant workers to avail ration benefits from any part of the country, by July 31.
The top court directed the Centre to develop a national portal in consultation with NIC to register unorganized and migrant workers by July 31.
The top court directed the state governments to frame schemes for the distribution of food grains to those who don’t have ration cards and asked the Centre to allocate food grains as per the demands of the state governments.
The top court directed the distribution of dry ration and community kitchen, providing succour to the needy, to continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The top court order came on an application by activists Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj and Jagdeep Chhokar, through advocate Prashant Bhushan, seeking directions to ensure that migrant workers are not deprived of ration and food security, and they should also be able to travel back to their homes at nominal cost.
The application was filed in the suo motu case initiated by the top court last year to address migrant labourer crisis during the national lockdown.
During the hearing, the top court said, its main concern is that benefits which are meant for migrant workers must reach them and stressed the process of their registration is woefully slow.