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No one should sleep hungry, it is the responsibility of the government to reach the last person: Supreme Court

New Delhi. The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it is our culture that no one should sleep hungry. It also asked the central government to ensure that food grains under the National Food Security Act (NSFS) reach the last person. A bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Hima Kohli directed the Center to submit a fresh table with the number of migrant and unorganized sector workers registered on the Ishram portal. The matter will now be heard on December 8.

The bench said, ‘It is the responsibility of the central government to ensure that food grains under NFSA reach the last person. We are not saying that the Center is not doing anything. The Central Government has provided food grains to the people during Kovid. We also have to see that it continues. It is our culture that no one sleeps on an empty stomach.” The bench was hearing a suo motu public interest matter relating to the condition of migrant workers during the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

… then many eligible and needy beneficiaries will be deprived of its benefits Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for social activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar, said that after the 2011 census, the population of the country has increased and with it the number of beneficiaries coming under the ambit of NFSA has also increased. He said that if the law is not implemented effectively, many eligible and needy beneficiaries will be deprived of its benefits.

14 states have filed affidavits saying that their quota of food grains is over Bhushan said that the central government is claiming that the per capita income of the people has increased in the last few years, but India has come down sharply in the global hunger index. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Central Government, said that there are 81.35 crore beneficiaries under NFSA, which is a huge number even in the Indian context. Bhushan said that 14 states have filed affidavits saying that their quota of food grains has been exhausted.

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