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SC raps Centre on Food Act non-compliance by drought-hit states

IANS | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:14 PM IST

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre for doing nothing to tell the states to comply with the top court’s directions to supply food grain to the poor in drought-affected states under the National Food Security Act.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana said: “We will discharge the Union of India (as respondents from the case) if it is not able to do anything.”

The apex court asked petitioner-organisation Swaraj Abhiyan to file an affidavit to flag five or six court directions issued on May 11 that were not complied with by the drought-hit states across the country for initiation of contempt proceedings.

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During the course of hearing, the petitioner’s counsel Prashant Bhushan said the contempt proceedings should not only be against the states concerned but also the Centre.

Taking a dim view of the Centre’s approach, Justice Lokur said: “The moment we ask you questions, it is construed as if we are attacking the government of India. IANS

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Published on: Thursday, October 06, 2016, 06:41 AM IST