Not proud of Centre’s affidavit, Supreme Court provides it three extra weeks to border group kitchen coverage

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the Centre three extra weeks to attract up a scheme in session with states to arrange group kitchens throughout the nation to forestall hunger deaths stating that it’s “every welfare state’s first responsibility is to provide food to people dying due to hunger”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana additionally conveyed its unhappiness over the affidavit filed by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Administration and identified that it solely had info collected from states however no concrete proposal.

The bench, additionally comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli, mentioned in its order: “We cannot leave the people in the lurch and say everything is fine. We are not happy with the affidavit filed by the under secretary of Government of India. On perusal, it seems they are still obtaining suggestions…Finally, we grant 3 weeks time to come up with some scheme (that) is agreeable to states also”. The court docket mentioned that if states have any objection, it is going to contemplate that on the subsequent listening to and requested all states to attend the assembly to be known as by the Centre to formulate the scheme.

At the outset, the CJI mentioned the affidavit “doesn’t indicate anywhere that you are considering framing a scheme. That isn’t there. You are extracting information…We wanted a uniform model from the Government of India. You have to ask states, see (if) there’s a proposal, a discussion for common community kitchen issue, give your suggestions, not to collect information like police…”, remarked the CJI.

The bench additionally took exception to an below secretary submitting the affidavit and mentioned it ought to have been filed by a accountable officer.

“Your responsible officer can’t file this affidavit? How many times have we said the responsible officer is supposed to file the affidavit?…You have to respect institutions. We say something, you write something. This can’t go on”, the CJI remarked.

Hearing the matter on October 27, the SC had mentioned that states have the accountability to determine the kitchens and requested the centre to convene a gathering to attract up a complete scheme.

Appearing for the Centre Tuesday, Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Diwan mentioned {that a} assembly was convened and what occurred therein was supplied within the affidavit.

Attorney General Ok Ok Venugopal agreed that nothing concrete got here out within the assembly and sought to guarantee {that a} scheme could be labored out throughout the framework of the National Food Security Act.

“The question is simple, last occasion we made it clear that until the states are involved, the central government cannot do anything. So we asked the government to call a meeting and frame a policy. The issue is now, make a comprehensive scheme, identify areas where there is an immediate need so that it can be uniformly implemented”, remarked the CJI.

He advised the AG: “See if you want to take care of hunger, no Constitution or law will say no. This is the first principle – every welfare state’s first responsibility is to provide food to people dying due to hunger.”

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