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Problem of Poverty Can Be Addressed Through Law as its Solution to Achieve Development: Madhya Pradesh HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 12 Jul 2021 6:23pm

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The Madhya Pradesh High Court issued guidelines about the effective implementation of the NALSA (The National Legal Services Authority) Scheme, 2015, and issued directions for completion of inquiry relating to a complaint filed regarding the construction of toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Facts of the Matter

The petitioner Ramu Chaudhary, registered a complaint on the Chief Minister Helpline Portal regarding the Sarpanch, Secretary, and other officers of the Gram Panchayat, about embezzlement of public fund in the name of construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, but neither toilet have been constructed nor has any amount for construction been received by the beneficiaries.

According to the petitioner despite registering a complaint, no action was taken. Aggrieved, the petitioner filed a petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.

Court’s Observations

The Bench constituted by Justices Sheel Nagu and Anand Pathak observed that cleanliness and public hygiene are important especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“It is the solemn duty of the District and Local Administration as well as local self-government to look into the effective implementation of NALSA Scheme, 2015.” The Court stated that the NALSA Scheme, 2015 is built on the foundation that “poverty is a multidimensional experience and is not limited to the issues of income," it stated.

The Court also observed that “the State and District Level legal Services are expected to be cognizant of the myriad and unique ways the vulnerable and marginalized groups experience poverty.”

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