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September 02, 2017

It Will Ensure Nobody Sleeps Hungry In National Capital, Says HC


Delhi High Court

On September 1, a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar of the Delhi High Court said that it will ensure that nobody sleeps hungry in the national capital and everyone gets ration.

The bench made the observation after it was informed that some slum dwellers in south Delhi were facing difficulty in getting subsidised foodgrains under the public distribution system (PDS) due to the lack of Aadhaar cards.

In this regard, the bench asked the petitioner NGO and the authorities concerned to suggest a mechanism which does not have human intervention which creates problem.

The bench said that "You tell us how to regulate functioning of fair price shops. We will ensure and facilitate ration to everybody in Delhi. We will ensure Aadhaar to everyone. You tell us what problem they are facing. We will ensure that nobody sleeps hungry in Delhi."

The bench further said that "Unless you change mindset and the working in the system, things cannot be regulated. We want to know who has not got ration and why."

In this regard, the court was hearing a petition filed by an NGO, Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan, which seeks disbursal of subsidised foodgrains to the beneficiaries under the national food security act (NFSA) without Aadhaar cards.

Under the NFSA, rolled out across the country in November 2016, five kgs of foodgrains per person is to be provided each month at a price of Rs 1-3 per kg to over 80 crore people.

During the hearing, the high court was informed by UIDAI counsel Zohab Hussain, who was earlier appointed as a local commissioner, that functioning of fair price shops requires close scrutiny and monitoring as when he had visited the area, he had found various such shops closed during day time.

The court asked the NGO, counsel for Delhi government and a local commissioner to list out the difficulties faced by people regarding access to the fair price system and posted the matter for further hearing.

Also, the high court asked the Delhi government to file a status report on several issues.

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