The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday directed all states to implement a 'one nation one ration card' scheme by July 31. Also, the court asked the Centre to set up a portal for registering migrant workers in an order to create a national database.
A Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the Government of India to allocate additional foodgrains to states on the basis of demand for distribution among migrant workers.
The apex court directed the states to start appropriate schemes for the distribution of dry rations among migrant workers.
The states and UTs have been directed to register all establishments and contractors under the Inter-state Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979.
Likewise, the top court asked the states to set up community kitchens at places with high migrant workers' concentrations. Even as it said the scheme should continue till the pandemic got over.
Earlier, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed the court that the West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, and Assam governments had not implemented the 'one nation one ration card' (ONORC) scheme.
Meanwhile, the government has maintained that ONORC allows migratory NFSA beneficiaries to access the public distribution system (PDS).
Earlier, the Supreme Court - which took suo motu cognisance of the plight of migrant workers during the coronavirus lockdown last year - had pulled up the Centre for the delay in creating a portal for registering migrant workers so that a national database could be created.