News By/Courtesy: Ojaswi Gupta | 03 Sep 2019 20:07pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • statistical reports claims that malnutrition and hunger is spreading in country at an alarming rate
  • The petitioner sought directions to all States and Union Territories to formulate schemes for establishment of community Kitchens
  • Direction to central government to create a national food grid

Anun Dhawan, Ishann Dhawan, and Kunjana were apparent social activists who filed a petition through Advocates Asima Mandla, Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi and Mandakini which was presented before a division bench comprising of Justice N.V.Ramana and Justice Ajay Rastogi.

The petitioner while relying on various statistical reports claims that malnutrition and hunger are spreading in the country at an alarming rate. It threatens “right to food” along with threatening “right to life”, provided under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

Petitioner while taking in reference Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition, 2006, UN Food and Agriculture Organization: SOFI 2006 Report, reported that 7000 persons die of hunger every day and over 25 Lakh persons (including children) die of hunger, annually".

Due to these critical conditions, worldwide and in India the petitioner sought directions to all States and Union Territories to formulate schemes for establishment of community Kitchens along with direction to central government to create a national food grid for persons who remain beyond the scope of the Public Distribution Schemes due to homelessness and non-issuance of cards requisite to avail government schemes and subsidies.

Further, the petitioner suggested the formation of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as provided under Companies Act, 2013. The Petitioners also clarified that they did not seek replacement of any of the existing government schemes and rather excepts this establishment as an added mechanism for the provision of nutritious food.

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to file a reply for the aforementioned petition.

Section Editor: Prithvjjit Mukherjee | 12 Sep 2019 12:19pm IST


Tags : #SC #HIGHCOURTS #constitutionofindia #righttofood #righttolife #malnutrition #globalissue

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