The Hon’ble High Court of Madras vide order dated 03.06.2020 directed the government authorities to provide data for all the Welfare Schemes including the ones that were announced during the COVID-19 pandemic and submit the same to the court.
The order came in response to a writ petition wherein it was complained that the COVID-19 pandemic relief had not reached the unorganized labourers in the State. Additional Advocate General for the State of Tamil Nadu on the other hand refuted the Petitioner’s claim stating that the State Government, prior to and during COVID-19 pandemic established several welfare schemes for the welfare of labourers across the State. During the COVID-19 pandemic, apart from establishing 15 Boards, through which, 14, 07,130 labourers were paid Rs.1, 000/- (Rupees One Thousand) as per G.O.(Ms).No.83, Labour and Employment Department, dated 08.04.2020, the State Government also provided Rs.1,000/- (Rupees One Thousand) to 14,07,130 labourers under G.O.(Ms).No.86, Labour and Employment Department, dated 17.04.2020.
Appreciating the efforts taken by the State Government for the welfare of people, the division bench comprising of Justice P.N Prakash and Justice B. Pugalbendhi called upon the Additional Advocate General for the State to collect all the information regarding Welfare Schemes including the ones that were announced during the COVID-19 pandemic and submit the same as soft copy to the Court, since these Schemes are not available in the public domain.
The present order was thus passed in order to make people aware of all the Government Schemes and thereby approach the Governmental Authorities and the District Legal Services Authority to get benefits under the Scheme applicable to them.
The next date for hearing of the matter is on 17.06.2020.