“This is a violation of the right to food and right to life of crores of people and will cause further distress among migrant workers.”
-Application filed in Supreme Court
An application has been filed in the Supreme Court under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Scheme seeking the extension of provision of rations to stranded migrant workers . The plan, presented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gives that the laborers who are not getting benefit under the National Food Security Act or the state Public Distribution System will be given 5 kg of grains for every individual and 1 kg of chana per family every month for two months.
The application moved by Harsh Mander, Anjali Bharadwaj, and Jagdeep Chhokar to the Central government to broaden the advantage of the Scheme for an additional a year. In this new application, the need of food security is pointed out .
The application brings up that while the Atma Nirbhar Scheme was announced by the Center to assist the 8 crore laborers, it was actually existed just for a time of two months – May and June. The plan was not broadened after two months despite the Disaster Management Act still bieng in effect .