The Supreme Court slammed the Centre for doing nothing to comply with its directions to supply food grain to the drought-affected areas.
The 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.”
Taking note of the central government methods, Justice Lokur said when they ask them question, they construct it as as if the court is attacking them.
Justice Lokur said, “The moment we ask you questions, it is constructed as if we are attacking government of India.” The bench also observed, “An Act of the Parliament (the National Food Security Act) is being violated with impunity, is not a small issue.”
Further, the apex court asked the PIL petitioner organisation, Swaraj Abhiyan, to file an affidavit stating direction not taken by the government.
“Swaraj Abhiyan, to file an affidavit flagging five or six direction that have not been complied with by the drought-hit states for initiation of contempt,” the court noted. Swaraj Abhiyan had sought the court’s intervention for relief to the poor people in drought-affected states, including Gujarat, Bihar and Haryana. However, the said states have resisted the suggestion that they declare some of their districts as drought-affected.