Create disaster mitigation fund: SC instructs Centre on drought

The court also directed that the National Disaster Response Force should be trained and equipped to tackle the drought-like situation.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2016 12:42 pm
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to create a disaster mitigation fund to tackle drought- like situation and directed the Agriculture Ministry to hold a meeting within a week with affected states like Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana to assess the conditions.

A bench headed by Justice M B Lokur directed the Centre to also implement the provisions of Disaster Management Actand fix a time limit for declaration of drought on scientific grounds.

It also asked the Centre to revise the drought management manual to provide effective relief to calamity-hit farmers and prepare a national plan to tackle the crisis.

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“Agriculture Ministry is directed to hold a meeting within a week with Chief Secretaries of drought-hit Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana to assess the situation,” the bench also comprising Justice N V Ramana said.

The court also directed that the National Disaster Response Force should be trained and equipped to tackle the drought-like situation.

Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha had on April 26 told the bench that Centre is alive to the situation prevailing in the drought-hit areas and states are working hard to provide every possible relief to the farmers in such natural calamity hit areas.

Earlier, the apex court had told the Centre whether it was not its responsibility to warn the states about the drought like situation likely to prevail in the near future.

The court had expressed its concern over low compensation paid to calamity-hit farmers and observed that it was leading some of them to commit suicide.

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The petitioner NGO, Swaraj Abhiyan, in its revised prayer, had sought a direction to Centre to abide by the provisions of MNREGA Act and use it for employment generation in drought-affected areas.

The PIL filed by the NGO had alleged that parts of 12 states of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana and Chattisgarh were hit by drought and the authorities were not providing adequate relief.

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    Jagadish
    May 11, 2016 at 8:40 am
    If the judiciary is taking all the decisions,why shud we have legislature ? U appoint lot of judges and direct the concerned departments to comply.why unneccesary expenditure on elections and paying absorbitant ry and perks to the politicians?waste of public money!
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      John
      May 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm
      Arun, You got it wrong. Mohan Bhagwat, Modi, Jaitley, Rajnath, Nirmala, Smiti etc are waiting for YOU to recommend to the VATICAN POPE. POPE will wave his magic wand and it will rain. Pope will wave it for the second time and there will be a tattoo of the RSS BOOT PRINT, on your rear, that is a reminder to you saying majority Indians have spoken and Modi is the PM, LIVE WITH IT.
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        John
        May 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm
        NOT A BALANCED OPINION BY THE COURT. Are they playing to the gallery? If they have a MAGIC WAND , Supreme court should WAVE IT and MAKE IT RAIN. This does NOT mean Governments have no blame to take, but Irrigation projects take atleast 5-10 years, which means governments in the last 15 – 20 years in those states failed to see the possible adverse scenarios of drought conditions. Current government can only have a SHORT TERM FIX and do BAND AID measures. Courts should also first solve the problems pointed out by Justic Katju, he said about 50% of judges are CORRUPT and the reason for delay in court cases is LAWYER – JUDGE NEXUS. After solving these internal problems, then they can get on to the HIGH HORSE.
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          arun
          May 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm
          Mohan Bhagwat and his puppets Modi, Jaitley, Rajnath, Nirmala, Smiti etc are totally good for nothing. They do know what is GOVERNANCE. Only TALKING. TALKING, TALKING. It is a shame that the judiciary has to instruct the LAZY central govt to act.
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            arun
            May 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm
            Mohan Bhagwat and his puppets Modi, Jaitley, Rajnath, Nirmala, Smiti etc are totally good for nothing. They do know what is GOVERNANCE. Only TALKING. TALKING, TALKING. It is a shame that the judiciary has to instruct the LAZY central govt to act.
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              Jai
              May 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm
              The lady who was in Manu Singhvi was a potential judge .
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                shekhar
                May 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm
                Govt is running by supreme court !!!. since when consution has change ? Is it we are still democracy ? Can we put troops in barecks ! Why they are doing. UPA s dirtywork ?
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                  Nand Aggarwal
                  May 12, 2016 at 5:42 am
                  It is high time Modi should ask Supreme Court to run the Govt. for a few days and proceed on leave, to let it realize how easy it to p orders on half baked facts put up before the court which at times could prove be wrong ( Admission process through NEET ordained earlier smacked of ............ . Similar shall be the fate of Lodha Panel and how about the delay by SIT for black money - a mechanism for enriching its own ppl).
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                    raj bandhu
                    May 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                    You r not doing proper work thatss why S.C yelling at you..wake up and perform
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                      vinay
                      May 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm
                      WTF SC? Solve your cases. Stay away from policy decisions.
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