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Guj: 7,512 of 22.5 lakh migrants eligible for travel allowance

Of 22.5 lakh migrant workers in Gujarat, only 7,512 were registered under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (IMW) Act and were thus eligible for travel allowance, the state government has informed the Gujarat High Court. In a written reply to a Public Interest Litigation, the government informed a division bench of Justices J B Pardiwala and I J Vora on Friday that around 22.5 lakh inter- state migrant workers lived in Gujarat as per the state labour department s data. But the provisions of the IMW Act of 1979 were applicable to only 7,512 workers who were registered under the Act, it said. Most of the 22.5 lakh migrant workers have come on their own and provisions for payment of travel and displacement allowances as required by section 14 and 15 of the IMW Act, 1979, were not applicable to them, it said. Under sections 14 and 15, contractors are required to pay travel and displacement allowances to workers. The court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Anand Yagnik ...


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