Odisha HC seeks state authorities response on meals safety scheme protection

The Odisha High Court on Friday sought a response from the state authorities and gave it time until January 6, 2022, to provide you with an motion plan to extend its protection beneath the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS).

A division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice AK Mohapatra issued the path in response to an affidavit filed by Vir Vikram Yadav, the Principal Secretary of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare division.

The affidavit, filed on November 2 in response to a petition, says that the SFSS has been in a position to cowl solely 11.36 lakh of the extra goal of 34.44 lakh beneficiaries over the previous seven months.

The SFSS scheme was launched by the Odisha authorities in 2018 to cowl individuals who have been neglected of the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

The authorities’s affidavit addressed the hole in protection beneath the scheme, nevertheless it didn’t elucidate how the administration plans to bridge the hole.

“The affidavit is silent on how the State government proposes to increase the coverage under the State Food Security Act. Another affidavit must be filed mentioning what steps are proposed to take in the action plan by the next date for hearing on the matter,” the bench mentioned.

The High Court was listening to a PIL filed by social activist Prafulla Samantara “seeking special intervention by way of food security measures and food grains to non-ration card holders in view of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Samantra’s counsel Ishwar Mohanty had cited a report by the Poverty and Human Development Monitoring Agency, which detailed the detrimental results of lack of diet amongst youngsters in Odisha.

The report introduced within the court docket identified that lack of dietary consumption of power, protein and fats has led to prevalence of stunting and malnutrition amongst youngsters in most elements of the state.