Delhi High Court: Need for Creating Mechanism for Registration of Migrant Workers in Delhi

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On 29 June 2020, the Delhi HC highlighted a need for creating a mechanism for registration of migrant workers in Delhi.

Brief Facts

The Single Bench consisted of Justice Prathiba M Singh. The Court directed the Central Government to submit a detailed affidavit. It should highlight the portal proposed for registration of migrant workers in Delhi.

Submissions before Court

The order has come in a writ petition filed by Mr Shashank S Mangal. It seeks registration of migrant workers in Delhi.

In the last hearing, the Court had directed both the Centre as well as the Delhi Government. They had to submit reports indicating the data related to migrant workers, along with the three procedures laid down for their registration.

In the present hearing, the Delhi Government informed the Court that no worker registered themself. They were to register themselves under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979.

However, the Government further informed, that 39,600 registered workers got financial help during the lockdown. Moreover, the registration of these workers takes place through the e-district portal. 

Also, the UoI submitted that the Ministry of Labour and Employment held a video conference on 16th June 2020. It was intended to prepare a uniform registration format for migrant workers.

Also, no request has come so far from the migrant workers in Delhi in the Shram Suvidha portal. This portal of the Central Government does provide registration and issue licenses under the 1979 Act. 

Court’s Observation

A perusal of the above two reports shows that there is a dire need for creating a mechanism for registration of migrant workers. 

Some progress had been made under the BOCW Act. However, registration/grant of licenses under the 1979 Act is almost negligible. This position needs to be altered and solved to ensure that migrant labourers are protected. Also, in terms of the Acts and benefits meant for them.

Court’s Order

Therefore, the Court directed the Central Government to file an affidavit that highlights the kind of portal to be created for the registration of migrant labour.

The Court will next take up the matter on July 22. 


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