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This time desert locust attack is severe. They have arrived earlier, in huge numbers & now reached till Panna in MP. The changing climate conditions are linked with locust growth in east Africa. The swarms has potential of eating everything & destroy the crops. This from Panna. pic.twitter.com/8aqLa8lA4O— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 26, 2020
Locust?????? attack at Jaipur (recent video)— @CoronaWarriors???? #StayHome LP?? #FeedNeedy???? (@PotholeWarriors) May 25, 2020
They destroy crops within seconds leading to food scarcity
Govt should take immediate steps by fumigating , spraying chemical waters, insecticide to kill these. Locust ?????? pic.twitter.com/YHkMqHid9Z
.@FAO has supported governments in scaling up control activities and is launching an urgent appeal to support ten countries to contain the #desertlocust upsurge and anticipate devastating impacts on livelihoods and food security.— FAO in Emergencies (@FAOemergencies) May 28, 2020
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that migrant workers should not be charged any fare, either for rail or road transport, while travelling back to their homes. The apex court also asked the state governments and Union territories (UTs) to provide food, shelter and water to migrant workers, and also to those found walking back to their homes.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices SK Kaul and MR Shah asked the state governments to arrange for food, shelter and water for the migrants waiting for their turn to board either bus or train to return to their homes.
"We believe that the centre and state governments require to be given some time to bring the steps taken by them on record. At present, looking at the miseries of the migrant workers, we are of the view that some interim directions need to be issued," the bench says.
The top court said that it is worried over the series of difficulties faced by the migrant workers while attempting to reach their home states. Though the states and UTs have taken measures, there are some glaring lapses in the overall process to provide relief to the migrant workers, it noted.
It directed the concerned state, where the journey originates, to provide food and water at the railway station, and during the journey, the railways should provide meals and water to them.
"The state shall oversee the registration of migrant workers. It should ensure that after registration, migrant workers are made to board the train or bus at an early date and complete information should be publicised to all concerned," the bench says.
The apex court also directed the Union government to place on record information regarding number of migrants awaiting transportation to their native places, plan for transportation and mechanism of registration and other requisite details.
Migrant workers found walking on the roads should be immediately taken to shelters and provided food and all other basic facilities, the bench added.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing the centre, contended before the bench that it is already being done, and the direction from the court may encourage people to move. Mr Mehta requested the bench that "We need 10 days to reply. All officials are doing a lot of work."
The top court ordered that replies should be filed by 5 June 2020.