SC raps govt for not implementing food security law: Is Gujarat not a part of India?

The bench also asked the Centre to collect and collate information from drought-hit states on the status of welfare schemes like MGNREGA, National Food Security and mid-day meal.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: February 2, 2016 4:08 am
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The Supreme Court Monday reproached some states, including Gujarat, for laxity in implementing the National Food Security Act, and questioned their adherence to the federal scheme.

“What is Parliament doing? Is Gujarat not a part of India? The Act says it extends to whole of India and Gujarat is not implementing it. You want to break away from India. This law was passed by Parliament but the states are not implementing the central law. How can a state say that it won’t implement the law? Tomorrow other state would say that it won’t follow IPC, CrPC,” observed a bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur.

Nine states and two Union territories have so far not implemented this social welfare legislation, but Gujarat earned the apex court’s wrath as its name topped the list of the defaulting states.

Advocate Hemantika Wahai, appearing for Gujarat, told the bench that the state is at the final stage of implementing the law and that consultation was going on.

At this, the bench asked the Centre to submit a report after collating complete information from drought-hit states on the status of welfare schemes such as MGNREGA, National Food Security Act and mid-day meal. The Centre was asked to file an affidavit by February 10.

The bench made the observations while hearing a PIL which alleges that parts of states such as Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana and Chhattisgarh have been hit by drought and the authorities were not providing adequate relief.

The PIL, filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan, run among others by psephologist-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav, had sought implementation of the National Food Security Act, which guarantees 5 kg of foodgrain per person per month. It also sought a direction to the authorities that affected families be also given pulses and edible oils.

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    IML sood
    Feb 1, 2016 at 9:33 am
    Why pressitute especially NDTV is come in limelight by highlighting any small comments from anywhere against if they have been on specific mission.Do they not understand that viewers/readers are wise today and they are aware why this is being done. Many more names can be counted but it is of no importance as these medias know in their heart what they are upto.This misinformation cannot be called press freedom and sooner or later Govt. has to take note of it to safe guard public interest and safety of the Nation.
    1. T
      Feb 1, 2016 at 11:41 am
      Gujrat eradicated poverty by silencing dalits, minorities and other weaker sections of the society
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        Anand Prakash
        Feb 1, 2016 at 8:07 am
        That is the so called Gujarat Model!!!
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          Anand Prakash
          Feb 1, 2016 at 8:08 am
          That's the much hyped Gujarat Model!!!
          1. A
            Feb 1, 2016 at 11:44 am
            RSS is not bothered about the poor. It is interested only in the rich. The Smart city, Bullet train are meant for the rich.
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              PN badri
              Feb 1, 2016 at 8:32 am
              Pro crony corporate rulers not bothered about common man sufferings including natural calamity affected. Chennai flood affected people not rehabilitated properly due to central government apathy due to political alliance deadlock. Central government team visited twice and funds not coming due to lukewarm response from JJ for electoral tie-up.
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                Bharat Mayekar
                Feb 2, 2016 at 3:08 am
                No. Gujrat is not part India. India is part of Gujrat.
                1. K
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 8:36 am
                  About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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