SC receives guarantee from center on proper implementation of National Food Act

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Aug 2017 4:09pm

SC receives guarantee from center on proper implementation of National Food Act

The Supreme Court today received assurance of proper implementation of National Food Security Act, 2013, after a petition filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, blaming the Center for not performing their duties well under the Act and putting the lives of people on risk. Center immediately assured the Court that the provision under the National Food Security Act would be implemented precisely in every State and Union Territories and the Government would ensure strict actions against any prohibition in this regard.

The Attorney General K. K. Venugopal representing Center declared assurance on behalf of Center, when the Bench asked Center to consider framing new model rules for every State and Union Territories to implement Food Security.

The Bench comprising Madan B. Lokur and N. V. Ramana directed Center to take serious measures to ensure all the States to obey the National Food Security Act.

Earlier, the Chief Secretaries of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar verified the court that State Food Commission has been set up in their States, as directed by the court.

The matter came into existence during a trial of the Public Interest Litigation filed by Swaraj Abhiyan trying to drag court’s attention on poor supply of food materials like grain, rice, pulses and sugar under the public distribution system as per the National Food Security Law. The court also directed States to ensure a continuous large supply of food grains in all draught hit areas, even to those who don’t possess a valid ration card. The court directed 12 draught affected States to its judgment passed in May, but only Telangana showed a certain amount of implementation of court’s order in this regard, Swaraj Abhiyan Submitted.

The Swaraj Abhiyan Counsel, Prashant Bhushan outlined three issues in this regard which is late payment of compensation to draught affected victim, reduction in person days from States projection, and absence of social audit being conducted.

The Court also directed Government to discard the existing draught management system and establish a more transparent, rules-based framework.

The hearing will be continued on December 5 at 2:00PM.   

Tagged: K. K. Venugopal   Supreme Court   Swaraj Abhiyan  
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