The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday (July 21) stated that Indian citizens are dying due to hunger despite our development. The top court said this while asking the state governments to work out modal quality to ensure maximum migrant labourers are given rations.
A two-judge bench of Justices M R Shah and B V Nagarathna was hearing a case in which the apex court in May 2020 had taken cognisance of the hardships and distress of migrant workers.
What Did The Supreme Court Say?
The bench noted that each state's food and civil services department must target how many ration cards they will register. The bar added this has to be worked locally as each state will have its own criteria, and there must be a fixed criterion.
Justice B V Nagarathna said, "Ultimately, the aim is that no citizen should die of hunger in India. Unfortunately, this (starvation deaths) is happening despite our development; citizens are dying of hunger and lack of food. In villages, they tie their stomach tightly so that they do not feel hungry. I know it. They tie their stomachs with a sari or some other cloth and drink water, and sleep. Children and elders do it because they cannot afford food," quoted NDTV.
The supreme court said it would pass some orders on the matter and hear the case after two weeks.
Plea For Migrants Labourers/ Workers
Three activists identified as Anjali Bharadwaj, Harsh Mander, and Jagdeep Chhokar had filed the plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to ensure food security, cash transfers, and other welfare measures for migrant labourers/workers who faced misery during the second wave of COVID-19 induced curfews and lockdowns in different parts of the country.
The fresh plea was filed in a pending suo motu case of 2020 in which the apex court in May 2020 had taken cognisance of the hardships and distress of migrant workers and had passed a slew of directions.
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