Community kitchens: Sc dissatisfied with the response of the centers, says their state responsibility to provide food to people who are dying of hunger


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The high court, hearing the matter, also said that it is the first responsibility of the welfare government to provide food to the starving people.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed strong dissatisfaction with the response of the Central Government to formulate and implement the community kitchen policy for the country. The court gave the Center three weeks to hold a meeting with the states on the matter.

The high court, hearing the matter, also said that it is the first responsibility of the welfare government to provide food to the starving people. A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hima Kohli heard Tuesday from a PIL seeking directions to the Center, states and union territories to prepare a community kitchen plan to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.

That’s why the high court got mad
The bank was upset by the counter-affidavit of the Center to implement the community kitchen scheme throughout the country, as it was presented by an official with the rank of Undersecretary. He had no details on the proposed plan and its implementation.

Expressing strong anguish, the court said that this affidavit does not give any indication that the central government is contemplating formulating a policy. The center is only giving information. He did not say how much funds the Center has raised and what steps are being taken. We want a perfect planning model from the Center. The center should ask the states, not just collect information like the police. The bank also told the lawyer for the central government that information that is already there cannot be requested. Can you say at the end of your affidavit that you will now consider the plan? There is no such thing in the 17-page affidavit.

Final warning to the central government
The higher court expressed its displeasure at the presentation of an affidavit by an undersecretary of the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Administration. The court said this is the latest warning to the Center. The undersecretary has submitted a response, why can’t a secretary-level officer submit a response? Institutions must be respected. What do we say and what do you reply? This has been noticed many times before.

Assured the Attorney General Venugopal
Additional Attorney General Madhavi Divan was debating the matter at the beginning of the hearing. Later, Attorney General KK Venugopal took the initiative. He assured the bench that the central government would convene a meeting and a decision would be made on the matter. To do this, he looked for four weeks on the bench. Venugopal also said that some work can be done under the National Food Safety Law.

CJI I said this to Raman
After Venugopal’s response, Chief Justice Raman said the question is simple, the last time we had clarified that until the states are included, the Center cannot do anything. So we had directed the Center to convene a meeting and formulate a policy. Now the point is to make a comprehensive plan, identify the areas where it must be implemented immediately. No constitution or law will say if you want to fight hunger. The first responsibility of any welfare state is to provide food to starving people.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed strong dissatisfaction with the response of the Central Government to formulate and implement the community kitchen policy for the country. The court gave the Center three weeks to hold a meeting with the states on the matter.

The high court, hearing the matter, also said that it is the first responsibility of the welfare government to provide food to the starving people. A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hima Kohli heard Tuesday from a PIL seeking directions to the Center, states and union territories to prepare a community kitchen plan to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.

That’s why the high court got mad

The bank was upset by the counter-affidavit of the Center to implement the community kitchen scheme throughout the country, as it was presented by an official with the rank of Undersecretary. He had no details on the proposed plan and its implementation.

Expressing strong anguish, the court said that this affidavit does not give any indication that the central government is contemplating formulating a policy. The center is only giving information. He did not say how much funds the Center has raised and what steps are being taken. We want a perfect planning model from the Center. The center should ask the states, not just collect information like the police. The bank also told the lawyer for the central government that information that is already there cannot be requested. Can you say at the end of your affidavit that you will now consider the plan? There is no such thing in the 17-page affidavit.

Final warning to the central government

The higher court expressed its displeasure at the presentation of an affidavit by an undersecretary of the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Administration. The court said this is the latest warning to the Center. The undersecretary has submitted a response, why can’t a secretary-level officer submit a response? Institutions must be respected. What do we say and what do you reply? This has been noticed many times before.

Assured the Attorney General Venugopal

Additional Attorney General Madhavi Divan was debating the matter at the beginning of the hearing. Later, Attorney General KK Venugopal took the initiative. He assured the bench that the central government would convene a meeting and a decision would be made on the matter. To do this, he looked for four weeks on the bench. Venugopal also said that some work can be done under the National Food Safety Law.

CJI I said this to Raman

After Venugopal’s response, Chief Justice Raman said the question is simple, the last time we had clarified that until the states are included, the Center cannot do anything. So we had directed the Center to convene a meeting and formulate a policy. Now the point is to make a comprehensive plan, identify the areas where it must be implemented immediately. No constitution or law will say if you want to fight hunger. The first responsibility of any welfare state is to provide food to starving people.


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