The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra authorities to take a call on whether or not it will procure extra foodgrains from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for migrant staff and different needy individuals with out ration playing cards.
The High Court had handed the path final Friday, after the state authorities knowledgeable it that it has not but taken a call on the directive issued by the Centre permitting all states to extend their requirement of foodgrains beneath Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) for distribution exterior the focused public distribution system.
A single-judge bench of Justice Suresh C Gupte heard, by means of videoconference, a plea by Pune-based social activist and lawyer Vanita Chavan searching for provide of necessities to poor, migrants and tribals with out ration playing cards through the lockdown.
Chavan, in a plea filed by means of advocate Harshad Bhadbhade, acknowledged that public distributions outlets or ration outlets within the state aren’t distributing foodgrains in efficient method and sought path to the state authorities to make them out there even for these individuals with out ration playing cards, together with migrant staff and tribals.
Similar provisions must be given freed from price to migrants who don’t have cash to purchase meals as a result of lockdown, and governments in Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have taken initiatives to supply meals grains with out ration playing cards, the plea acknowledged.
Government Pleader Priyabhushan Kakade and Additional Government Pleader Bhushan Samant, representing the state authorities, knowledgeable the court docket that it has not but taken a call on Centre’s directive permitting all states and union territories to life requirement and take extra amount of foodgrains from FCI for distributing them to individuals who aren’t lined beneath the National Food Security Act ( NFSA).
After listening to submissions, Justice Gupte famous, “The response from the state indicates that it has not applied its mind to the directive issued by Union Government to Food Secretaries…It is possible for the state to act under the advisory for the needs of wandering tribes and other people stranded within the state, who do not hold ration cards and do not come under NFSA categories.”
The court docket added: “Considering the peculiar situation in the state as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown, it is imperative for the state to take a decision in this behalf. It must communicate such a decision to the Court by the next date.”
Seeking response from the state, the bench has posted for additional listening to on May 12.
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