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Patna HC Gives Orders to Government to Provide Relief to the underprivileged Children in Bihar amid pandemic [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 23 Sep 2020 6:34pm

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A Division Bench of Patna High Court comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar Karol and Justice S. Kumar has taken a suo moto cognizance of the plight of children in the Bhagalpur District of Bihar due to the non-availability of mid-day meals as schools are shut down due to coronavirus pandemic. The HC took the cognizance based upon news run by Indian Express which said that children are forced for garbage picking, begging, and scrap selling due to the non-availability of food. The news article was titled “School shut, no mid-day meal, children in Bihar village back to work selling scrap” in the Indian Express, Delhi Edition, dated July 6, 2020. The government’s reason primarily for closing schools was to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

After analyzing the situation the HC had two points for the consideration the, first being that whether the state is fulfilling its statutory and constitutional mandate of providing food and nutritional security to children who have been adversely impacted by the closure of schools and Anganwadi centers due to the Covid19, and second being are there any measures which are been taken to ensure that the right to education of children in the State is not adversely impacted during this time, and also any measures to prevent school children from indulging in begging and garbage collection.

The HC said that the right to food is important for everyone, the bench said that children only need two things first being their mind being occupied and second being their… Continue Reading...

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