1.03 mn people in over 26k shelters: Centre tells SC
New Delhi As many as 26,476 relief and shelter camps across the country are housing 1.03 million migrant workers and other needy people during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to a status report submitted by the central government before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Of the 26,476 camps, 22,567 are being run by governments of various states and Union territories and 3,909 by non-government organisations (NGOs). Government-run camps house around 630,000 and NGO camps some 400,000 . Additionally, food camps operated by various governments are feeding 8.4 million people.
The status report was filed on a plea filed by activists Harsh Mander and Anjali Bhardwaj seeking payment of minimum wages to all migrant workers, who are either employed by companies or contractors or self-employed.